A fair shot: Why a criminal record should not prevent one from rebuilding a life

This is the easiest of the hard part. That is what I told an audience of hundreds of men and women who attended an event in Chicago last weekend to access legal help in getting their criminal and/or court records sealed and expunged. 

Justice at last for Richard Beranek

Last Friday brought some much-needed and long-overdue news to Richard Beranek, whose case I worked on: All charges that led to his wrongful conviction would finally be dropped

Richard served 23 years in a Wisconsin prison for a rape that he did not commit. His conviction was based largely on faulty eyewitness testimony and the debunked technique of microscopic hair analysis. DNA test results from hair and semen recovered from the crime scene did not match Richard’s, thus supporting what Richard has maintained for over two decades: he is an innocent man.  


In California and nationwide: Take the time to be a part of the movement

The Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), one of the preeminent organizations fighting wrongful conviction, was kind enough to invite me to its annual Justice for All Gala last week. I was honored to receive the Cookie Ridolfi Freedom Award for my legal work and activism.

Investing in Education is an Investment in Our Future

This week I had the privilege of speaking at Hillsborough Community College’s annual Black, Brown and College Bound Summit, in Tampa Bay. Each year, the event is held to highlight the importance of higher education, but also to address and discuss barriers that can prevent young people from going to college and getting a degree. 

Equal Access to Education a Civil Rights Issue

It's March Madness time, and I'm sure that if any of you are like me, you've been trying to get in as many games as is possible. It's hard to ignore, though, that, while people of color make up the vast majority of NCAA basketball and other sports teams, black and brown people are woefully underrepresented in the classrooms of colleges across the nation. 

In Chicago, Pursuing the "Righteous Path"

Last weekend, while in town for a court appearance and for a speaking engagement at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, I had the pleasure of talking with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell and being featured in her Sunday column. We had a wide-ranging conversation spanning the details of my wrongful conviction, how and why I decided to become an attorney, and the creation of my law firm.