Innocence Project of Minnesota Moves to Law School

April 2, 2019

The Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN) has moved to the University of Minnesota Law School as part of an expanded partnership between the group and the Law School.

IPMN is a nonprofit legal services, education, and advocacy organization that works to free the wrongfully convicted and prevent future wrongful convictions from occurring in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Formerly located at Hamline University in St. Paul, the group’s office is now in Mondale Hall.

With this relocation, the University of Minnesota Law School joins a select number of law schools across the nation housing Innocence Project affiliates, including the University of Arizona, University of Texas, University of Virginia, and University of Washington. IPMN’s physical presence at the Law School will facilitate additional clinical, pro bono, and research opportunities for Law School students. In addition, it allows for further collaborative efforts with the Law School’s faculty, the Robina Public Interest Scholars Program, the Saeks Public Interest Program, and the broader University of Minnesota community.

“We are thrilled to have the Innocence Project of Minnesota join us at the Law School,” said Law School Dean Garry W. Jenkins. “The group’s mission comports well with the Law School’s 130-plus-year tradition of public service and dedication to the cause of justice. We look forward to the many opportunities for deeper, richer collaborations that this move affords.”

IPMN Executive Director Sara Jones ’88, said, “IPMN is becoming a truly regional innocence organization, our staff is growing, and we’re expanding our work of serving the wrongfully convicted through legal services, systemic change, research, and education. The Law School is an outstanding institution and shares our commitment to education, justice, and public service. As an alumna with deep ties to the Law School, I see this as the right place at the right time for IPMN.”

IPMN will remain an independent, nonprofit organization, with its own staff, board of directors, and finances.

Staff of the Innocence Project of Minnesota (from left to right) executive director Sara Jones '88, staff attorney Jim Mayer '01, advancement and operations manager Emily Luxem, and legal director Julie Jonas '95
Staff of the Innocence Project of Minnesota (from left to right) executive director Sara Jones '88, staff attorney Jim Mayer '01, advancement and operations manager Emily Luxem, and legal director Julie Jonas '95

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