Mother Mary Jones and the work of law students

Most of the time we focus our Blog energies on things happening specifically here at Pepperdine. Today, however, I want to focus some attention on a wonderful situation that happened in large part to the students of a local law school (USC).

74 year-old Mary Virginia Jones was released today from an LA prison some 32 years after new information was introduced.  You can read more about it here.

Mary’s victory was the work of law students at the University of Southern California’s Post-Conviction Justice Project.  These students challenged her case, claiming she would not have been convicted if the jury had heard expert testimony about the impact of intimate partner battering, formerly referred to as battered women’s syndrome.

As I researched the program at USC, I was happy to find there are programs/projects like this one on several law schools campuses across the country. The Innocence Project in particular has already over 300 convicted persons.

Learning the law is great but it’s incredibly powerful when its learned put into practice with the aim of providing justice for those without much of a voice.  Maybe we can look at growing a program like this here at Pepperdine Law soon!?!?



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