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Karen Daniel


Karen Daniel is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC). She supervises law students in the representation of convicted persons with claims of innocence in state and federal court proceedings and before the Governor’s clemency board. She also speaks frequently about her work and the causes of wrongful convictions. Since joining the CWC in 2000, Professor Daniel and her students have freed numerous wrongfully convicted clients, achieving exonerations in both DNA and non-DNA cases. In 2012, she co-founded the Women’s Project of the Center on Wrongful Convictions. Professor Daniel is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former member of the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender.