Category Archives: Law Students

Freed With the Help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, Chris Ochoa Earns His Law Degree

UPDATE: ABC News selects Chris Ochoa as “Person of the Week
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JS Online has a nice story about University of Wisconsin law student, Chris Ochoa, who this weekend earned his law degree, becoming only the second man in America to be freed from prison by DNA evidence to do so. He was freed from prison in 2001 with the help of the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the UW Law School.
The UW Madison News also had a nice piece which reads:

Keith Findley and John Pray, co-directors of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, says Ochoa’s journey through the legal system has been remarkable. Pray was Ochoa’s lead lawyer.
“Spending years in prison for a crime you didn’t commit is a very damaging experience. That Chris was able to get out of prison, complete his undergraduate degree and then make it through law school speaks volumes about his character,” Findley says. “We are so lucky to have had Chris as a client, a student – and soon, a colleague in the profession. He has taught us a lot about the criminal justice system, about what it means to be a lawyer, and about how to handle overwhelming adversity with strength, grace and compassion.”

Law Libraries According to Law Student Bloggers

“I’m finding it hard to imagine that there’s 45 minutes of stuff to see in the library. Unless they’re going to have us shelve books, or complete a short research assignment while we’re there,” wrote one law student blogger of first year library orientations tours.
Understanding law student attitudes and behavior is key to sucessfully marketing the law library. Fortunately, as Rob Hudson of St. Thomas University School of Law writes, “many law students record their feelings as they progress through law school in Blawgs intended to inform their peers, but they also provide a wealth of information and amusement for librarians.”
Law Students Write About Law Libraries (or, What Students Really Think: A Survey of Student Blawgs) is the article by Mr. Hudson that appears in the latest version of the ALL-SIS Newsletter. Highly recommended for academic law librarians.