2011 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Susan Friedman

Susan Friedman

Name of Host Organization: Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project
City, State: Washington, District of Columbia
Issue area: Criminal Law
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig

The Project

The goal of this project is to ensure the successful implementation of forensic science reform in Maryland. I will represent individuals wrongfully convicted by the misuse of forensic science; educate the judiciary about forensic science problems; and monitor the progress of forensic reform efforts in Maryland.

The Inspiration

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionSince 1989, DNA testing has exonerated 266 individuals. The most alarming lesson from exoneration has been the extent to which previously respected forms of forensic science, such as hair analysis and fingerprint evidence, are error laden and not grounded in real science. Having a background in science, I was particularly drawn to these issues and realized that it was important to advocate on behalf of forensic science reform in order to correct and prevent the wrongful convictions of individuals based on non-DNA forensic science evidence.

Biography

Hometown:

Brooklyn, New York

Law school:

Surviving law school:

"Do what you love" is the best advice that I was given in law school. I surrounded myself with great friends and mentors who provided me with tremendous support, which helped me maintain a public service focus in law school. I also recommend providing direct client services - the people you meet will change your life.

Recommended books:

History of Love by Nicole Krauss because it demonstrates how fragile life is, while at the same time it is still uplifting.

Favorite website(s):

cnn.com to keep up with what is going on in the world.

Words to live by:

"Every action in our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
- Edwin Hubbell Chapin

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