The New England Innocence Project is delighted to honor two champions of innocence at its September 23rd, 2016 “Night Out with NEIP” event at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center.
Lisa Kavanaugh will be awarded the 2016 Savage Award, named for NEIP founder and supporter Joseph F. Savage, Jr., given annually to someone who has made significant contributions to ending wrongful convictions. Ms. Kavanaugh is the director of the Innocence Program at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). In addition to litigating numerous post conviction cases herself, many resulting in exonerations, she has also developed statewide training programs in the proper use of forensic evidence, convened a working group of criminal justice leaders composed of prosecutors, law enforcement, forensics scientists and defense counsel addressing the causes of wrongful convictions, and is a board member of the Innocence Network, a coalition of projects from the USA and abroad that address wrongful convictions. Ms. Kavanaugh is also the driving force behind the Running for Innocence campaign that NEIP uses to pay the expenses associated with post-conviction litigation. “It is impossible to overstate Lisa’s contribution to innocence work,” said Denise McWilliams, NEIP’s Executive Director. “Her efforts have not only contributed to the release of innocent, yet incarcerated people, but have also resulted in the reforms of the conditions that led to their conviction in the first place.”
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