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StanfordACS presents The Exonerated: A Discussion with Professor Larry Marshall and Alison Tucher Esq. about their Forays into Freeing the Wrongfully Convicted


April 4, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 280A
Please join ACS for a conversation with Professor Larry Marshall, Associate Dean for Clinical Education and David & Stephanie Mills Director of the Mills Legal Clinic, and Alison Tucher, Esq., SLS Alum and lead Pro Bono partner at the San Francisco office of Morrison & Foerster, about their work freeing the wrongfully convicted. Professor Marshall will provide insights from his work at Northwestern, where he founded the Center for Wrongful Convictions, and he will help to orient the discussion around some of his critiques of the criminal justice system that makes such work essential. Ms. Tucher will then share the stories of two wrongfully convicted murder suspects she represented, one of whom was released on 3/16/11 after 20 years of imprisonment. This will be a rare opportunity to engage with two of the preeminent practitioners in the field and to gain more insight into the ills that plague our criminal justice system. About Larry Marshall A nationally renowned advocate for reform of the U.S. criminal justice system, Professor Larry Marshall has been widely recognized for his lawyering, activism and teaching. As director of the Mills Legal Clinic of Stanford Law School, he has committed himself to creating an integrated clinical experience that serves the needs of each and every student at Stanford Law School. Professor Marshall has also been instrumental in expanding the focus of public interest at the law school through the John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law. Much of his scholarly work has focused on issues surrounding the application of the death penalty. Professor Marshall is also a recognized expert in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, a field in which he has researched and which he taught for more than two decades. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2005, he was a professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and of counsel at Mayer, Brown & Platt. At Northwestern, he co-founded and served as legal director of the world-renowned Center on Wrongful Convictions, where he represented many wrongly convicted inmates, including many inmates who at one time had been sentenced to death. Early in his career, he clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and for Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. About Alison M. Tucher Alison Tucher has a complex commercial litigation practice with an emphasis on intellectual property matters. Ms. Tucher's cases are in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, district courts around the country, and California courts. Her trial practice at Morrison & Foerster has resulted in numerous successes, some with precedential results. For example, in In re EchoStar 448 F.3d. 1294 (Fed. Cir. 2006), she successfully established the scope of work-product immunity for opinion counsel's papers. In her career as a criminal trial lawyer, Ms. Tucher tried 19 criminal cases to juries in Santa Clara County. She later won the freedom of a man wrongfully imprisoned for a murder he did not commit. Prior to her career as a criminal trial lawyer, Ms. Tucher clerked for both Justice David H. Souter, of the U.S. Supreme Court (1993-1994) and the Honorable William A. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1992-1993). In law school, Ms. Tucher was elected to the Order of the Coif, and she was also a Book Review Editor for the Stanford Law Review. Ms. Tucher has taught Trade Secret Law at Stanford Law School. StanfordACS The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. One of the most active student chapters in the nation, StanfordACS is fostering a new generation of progressive leaders who will ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law. StanfordACS is the winner of the 2009-2010 ACS National Student Chapter Network Building Awards for Largest Membership and for Special Recognition for Programming Click here to learn more about StanfordACS. Please contact Julia Cherlow ( with questions.