Cooley Concludes 2011-2012 'Stages of the Law' Theater Season

Seated, left to right: Stormfield Artistic Director and Director of The Exonerated Kristine Thatcher; Cooley Law School Assistant Professor Donna McKneelen, co-director of the Innocence Project; Cooley Professor Marla L Mitchell-Cichon, co-director of the Cooley Innocence Project; Bill Fleener, Cooley Innocence Project staff attorney; and Bert Goldstein, director, MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Standing, the cast of "The Exonerated."

Seated, left to right: Stormfield Artistic Director and Director of The Exonerated Kristine Thatcher; Cooley Law School Assistant Professor Donna McKneelen, co-director of the Innocence Project; Cooley Professor Marla L Mitchell-Cichon, co-director of the Cooley Innocence Project; Bill Fleener, Cooley Innocence Project staff attorney; and Bert Goldstein, director, MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity, Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Standing, the cast of "The Exonerated."

January 31, 2012 - Cooley Law School concluded its 2011-2012 "Stages of the Law" season Jan. 28 with "The Exonerated," a collection of stories about a half-dozen inmates who were on Death Row before they were cleared and released. Stormfield Theatre's production of the play was presented at the MSU Wharton Center.

Following the show, members of Cooley's Innocence Project answered audience members' questions. The Cooley Innocence Project, begun in May 2001, has a dual mission to (1) identify, provide legal assistance to, and secure the release of persons who are wrongfully imprisoned for crimes they did not commit, and (2) provide law students with a hands-on practical learning experience.

"The Exonerated" is based on interviews, case files, and public records for six people who were convicted and incarcerated, but later exonerated and released from prison.


About Cooley Law School: Founded in 1972, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 15,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and its new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Highlights

"The Exonerated" was part of Cooley's series on legal-themed plays

The play covers the story of six exonerated Death Row inmates

Stormfield Theatre performed the play at the Wharton Center in East Lansing


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