Correcting and Preventing Wrongful Convictions in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Partner

MAIP is a very small organization and could not further its important mission without the help of its partners. Over the past few years, MAIP has benefited from relationships with several law firms and corporations that have partnered with us on a variety of projects, not just traditional legal matters. As a non-profit organization with a very small staff, we have need for a variety of design services, technology services, administrative assistance, research assistance, and other critically important work.

For example, the website you are reading is the product of a partnership with The Bivings Group, which has provided MAIP with pro bono web design and maintenance services, as well as pro bono assistance developing our database. DTI Associates provided pro bono graphic design services, designing a first-rate logo and brochure for MAIP. Without the support of such generous and committed companies, MAIP could not have produced such excellent materials. If your company is interested in providing MAIP with non-legal services, such as copies, storage, or technological help, please email us at innocenceproject@wcl.american.edu .

Law firms in our region also have been generous, providing tremendous assistance to wrongfully convicted prisoners all over the region. Lawyers at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Arnold & Porter, Baker Botts, Covington & Burling, Cozen O’Connor, Hunton & Williams, O’Melveny & Myers, and Troutman Sanders have generously engaged in the long-term representation of individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton, Hunton & Williams, Morrison & Foerster, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, and Sullivan & Cromwell comprise our Screening Committee, which does the important work of determining which prisoners who write us might be innocent.

Long-term representation and committee membership are not the only way for your firm to get involved with MAIP, however. We have a variety of short-term projects available for those who want to partner with us in other ways. For example, 11 area law firms conducted the research that was the basis for the Innocence Commission for Virginia report, and another four law firms are conducting similar research in Maryland. Jones Day filed an amicus curiae brief on MAIP’s behalf in a case in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia involving the Freedom of Information Act, and Covington & Burling filed an amicus brief before the United States Supreme Court in a case involving an innocent Virginia prisoner. Finally, lawyers at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft have been working with MAIP on revising our bylaws and on other issues related to our non-profit status.

If your law firm is interested in partnering with MAIP on long-term or short-term projects, please email us at innocenceproject@wcl.american.edu.