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Vanessa Potkin


Vanessa Potkin is the Director of Post-Conviction Litigation at the Innocence Project (IP). She joined IP in 2000 as its first Staff Attorney and has helped pioneer the model of post-conviction DNA litigation used nationwide to exonerate wrongfully convicted persons. Vanessa has represented and exonerated over 30 innocent individuals, from Louisiana to Nevada, who collectively served over 500 years of wrongful imprisonment, five of whom were originally prosecuted for capital murder. Vanessa maintains a post-conviction docket, crafting litigation strategy, writing motions, and litigating in trial and appellate courts nationwide to secure post-conviction DNA testing and to obtain relief-based DNA test results, and other exculpatory evidence.