Tricia Bushnell shares her experiences as the Executive and Legal Director of the Midwest Innocence Project

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Tricia Rojo Bushnell is the Executive and Legal Director of the Midwest Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to freeing innocent people convicted of crimes they did not commit. Prior to coming to Kansas City in 2013, she served as a clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she taught students in the Wisconsin Innocence Project, the Criminal Appeals Project, and a Race, Poverty, and Criminal Justice course. She was previously a fellow with the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama, where she represented indigent clients sentenced to death and juveniles sentenced to life without parole, and an associate with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis in Los Angeles.

A native of California, Bushnell was the first in her Latinx family to go to college. She graduated from Bucknell University and NYU School of law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Fellow. She is the former president of the ACLU of Missouri and currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Innocence Network.

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