The Innocence Project

Justin Brooks has spent over 30 years freeing innocent people from prison.  Drawing from his own legal cases, he details how any one of us might unjustly get caught up in the legal system. 

Innocent People in Prison

Being an innocent person in prison is a living nightmare. But it can happen to you – and those you love.

You Can Go to Prison – Even if You’re Innocent

From bad IDs to people telling lies, Justin provides the main reasons that people are wrongfully convicted and he offers detailed accounts of the cases he has worked on.  The main CLE topics: bad lawyering, differences in police work in the city vs. the country, you come home & find your partner dead, false confessions, junk science, Shaken Baby Syndrome, you have or care for a sick child, the jury is blinded by junk science, bad information from informants, and you are poor and/or a person of color. To access the course please click here: You Might Go to Prison, Even Though You’re Innocent.

Additional CLE Topics:

* Bite mark evidence

* Bad crime scene preservation

* Relative Opinion Process

* Cross-Racial Identifications

* Problems with Police line-ups

* DNA testing & national database

* The Reid Technique

* The CSI Effect

* The McMartin Pre-School case

* The story of Brian Banks

Justin Brooks, Esq.

Professor Justin Brooks directs the LLM Program in Comparative Law in Spanish at the USD School of Law. As the program director, he administers a national moot court program in Mexico, and coordinates the work of 35 innocence organizations in Latin America.   He was the founding Director of the California Innocence Project at Cal Western law school from 1999-2023, and under his direction the project freed 40 innocent people from prison.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

* Alaska (AK)

* Alabama (AL)

* Arizona (AZ)

* California (CA)

* Connecticut (CT)

* District of Columbia (DC)

* Illinois (IL)

* Maryland (MD)

* Massachusetts (MA)

* Michigan (MI)

* Missouri (MO)

* New Hampshire (NH)

* New Jersey (NJ)

* New York (NY)

* North Dakota (ND)

* Pennsylvania (PA)

* South Dakota (SD)

* Vermont (VT)

California CLE

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.