Alissa Bjerkhoel is the Litigation Coordinator of the California Innocence Project. She serves as the in-house DNA expert, authors petitions filed on behalf of the Project’s clients, directs and supervises clinical student casework, and coordinates case litigation. Alissa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Innocence Network’s Complex DNA Working Group. She has been instrumental in the exoneration of several California inmates. Alissa’s work has gained her numerous awards including Young Attorney of the Year, Post-Conviction Lawyer of the Year, and California Lawyer of the Year.