Over the last few months, NCIP has made a strong effort to engage the Santa Clara University (SCU) community in our work. SCU faculty, staff, and students are critical collaborators in everything we do. Here are some of the things we’ve been up to on the SCU campus to increase awareness of the issue of wrongful conviction and to enable the SCU community to help us reform the criminal justice system.


Over the summer, we designed new NCIP-branded gear to increase our visibility on the SCU campus. The NCIP clinic students and other law students, faculty and staff are now representing NCIP all over campus and the community at large.

NCIP clinic students in their NCIP T-shirts.

On October 2, we celebrated Wrongful Conviction Day with other Innocence Network members by tabling in the Charney Hall lobby, where we discussed NCIP’s work with the SCU Law community.

NCIP Staff talks with SCU law students on Wrongful Conviction Day.

On October 12, NCIP Executive Director Linda Starr and NCIP Staff Attorney & Policy Liaison Missy O’Connell presented to an SCU audience of more than 150 students, staff, and faculty regarding the intersection of our case work and policy work. 

NCIP Staff Attorney & Policy Liaison Melissa O’Connell presents to the SCU community.

On October 8, NCIP Associate Director Todd Fries and NCIP Operations & Communications Associate Jaclyn Gioiosa presented to the SCU LEAD Scholars Program, a program for first-generation college students focused on community engagement. The presentation focused on NCIP’s work and the role of storytelling in policy reform.

NCIP Operations & Communications Associate Jaclyn Gioiosa presents to the LEAD Scholars program.

On September 11, NCIP organized a letter writing campaign to encourage Governor Brown to sign SB 923 which was sitting on his desk waiting for a signature. The letter campaign resulted in more than 100 letters from SCU faculty, staff, and students being sent to Governor Brown’s office urging him to sign this landmark legislation.

SCU law students, faculty, and staff write letters to Govern Brown in support of SB 923.

We’d like to thank the SCU community for all of their support in this important work!