Ohio Innocence Project 20th Anniversary

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University of Cincinnati College of Law Ohio Innocence Project

We hope you'll join us on Thursday, May 18, 2023, to celebrate the Ohio Innocence Project's 20th Anniversary!

Event Details
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Cincinnati Music Hall
1241 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

5:30 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Program and Dinner featuring world renowned author John Grisham
8:30 p.m. Afterparty featuring the Exoneree Band

Register here

Sponsorship opportunities  
$20,000 Champion of Innocence - includes 4 tickets to VIP Reception with John Grisham
$10,000 Defender of Innocence - includes 2 tickets to VIP Reception with John Grisham
$5,000 Advocate of Innocence
$2,500 Patron of Innocence
If you’re interested in discussing sponsorship opportunities, please contact 
Mindy Roy.

About The Ohio Innocence Project
The simply stated goal of the Ohio Innocence Project at Cincinnati Law is to free every innocent person in Ohio who has been convicted of a crime they didn't commit.

We’re proud to be a part of the University of Cincinnati, where we made our home in 2003. In our 20 years, we have freed 40 wrongfully convicted Ohioans, who collectively served over 775 years behind bars. That makes us one of the top-performing members among the international Innocence Network.

Our work includes helping develop and advocate for lasting criminal justice reform through legislation as well as launching Ohio Innocence Project University, an active network of student groups at colleges across the state.

Ohio Innocence Project's impact by the numbers

Number of men and women released
7Average number of years each case is worked on prior to release
356Number of new applicants who reached out in 2021
$12,500Average amount spent on expert testimony per case
12Average number of cases that will eventually result in some form of litigation each year
20Number of OIP Student Fellows working on cases
4Number of OIP Student Fellows doing policy work
14Average number of students who work on one case (two students per case at any given time)

To learn more about the work of the Ohio Innocence Project, please visit our website. 

A Very Special Thank You to OIP's 20th Anniversary sponsors! 

Champion of Innocence
Bob and Tina Donelan
Jim Helmer

John Isidor and Sandy Kaltman
Marilyn Schwiers
Dianne and J. David Rosenberg
The Dayton Foundation

Defender of Innocence

Duke Energy Corporation
Dan and Deb Meyer

Advocate of Innocence
1919 Investment Counsel
The Law Office of Michele L. Berry, LLC
P&G Legal
Rittgers & Rittgers

Lexis Nexis
Jones Day
John and Dena Cranley
Eddie and Nina Paul
Nehemiah Manufacturing Company 
Katz Teller

Patron of Innocence
Bret and Alison Caller
Jim Heldman and Wendy Saunders
Clark Schaefer Hackett
Freking Myers & Reul LLC
David and Sarah Wise
Pinales Stachler

Choose a giving level


How $100 can make an impact

Covers the cost for a public record request or transcript.


How $300 can make an impact

Covers the cost for three hours of private investigator time.


How $500 can make an impact

Covers the cost for two hours of expert witness review and analysis.


How $1,000 can make an impact

Covers the cost for one standard DNA test.


How $1,500 can make an impact

Covers the cost for prison visits or investigative trips for OIP student fellows.


How $2,500 can make an impact

Covers the cost to support programming for one OIP-u chapter for a year. There are currently 12 active chapters.


How $5,000 can make an impact

Covers the cost for One OIP Fellow summer salary. There are currently 24 OIP Fellows.


How $10,000 can make an impact

Cost for the Annual OIP-u training conference for chapter student leaders and faculty advisors.


How $15,000 can make an impact

Multiple advanced DNA tests in a complicated case.


How $25,000 can make an impact

Cost to send exonerees to Annual Innocence Network Conference, where they receive counseling to help rebuild their lives.