On July 15, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, along with several other members of the Illinois General Assembly, gathered with exonerated individuals, as well as attorneys with the Bluhm Legal ...
In late 2015, the docuseries Making a Murderer premiered on Netflix, quickly becoming a worldwide sensation. The series featured the case of Brendan Dassey, a client of the Bluhm Legal Clinic’s Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY), who was convicted alongside his uncle Steven Avery in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach.
Northwestern Law Professors Steven Drizin and Laura Nirider have represented Dassey since 2007, when Nirider was a Northwestern Law student. Over the years, dozens of Clinic faculty, students, and alumni have worked to free Dassey, who was coerced as a 16-year-old into falsely confessing to the crime. On October 19, Netflix will release Making a Murderer: Part Two, which follows the developments in Dassey’s case since 2015.
In August 2016, a district court judge found Dassey’s confession to be coerced and overturned his conviction. The State of Wisconsin appealed, but in June 2017, a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit agreed with the district court’s decision, 2-1. The State then requested an en banc hearing before the full court, where they reversed the panel’s decision, 4-3, leaving Dassey’s conviction in place. Dassey’s team appealed to the Supreme Court, which declined to take the case in June 2018.
What was it like filming this time around, coming off the success of Making a Murderer Part 1 and knowing that millions would be watching?
How has Brendan’s life changed because of Making a Murderer?
“A Critical Moment:” Clinic Attorneys Lend Their Expertise to Chicago Organizers as Protests Continue
In addition to their ongoing work related to the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys at the Bluhm Legal Clinic have been engaged in Chicago’s protests of the racial injustice and police brutality ...
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, prison reform activists jumped into action, flagging the unique dangers of the coronavirus behind bars. But as activists have gained ground in states like ...