Exoneree Speakers’ Bureau

Above, Dennis Maher speaks at University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Read more about his case here.

The Innocence Project believes that the personal stories of the exonerated provide the most compelling introduction to the problems of wrongful conviction. Our Exoneree Speakers’ Bureau is made up of former Innocence Project clients who have become accomplished public speakers motivated by their desire to prevent future injustice. Their unique expertise and insight into the criminal justice system has affected audiences nationwide.

The Innocence Project connects exoneree speakers to venues, working with high schools, colleges, civic and religious groups, corporations, criminal justice associations and more to arrange a presentation that fits each individual audience. If you, or a group you are affiliated with, would like to invite an exoneree to speak, please download a speaker request form and send the completed form to Hannah Riley at hriley@innocenceproject.org.

Exoneree speakers receive an honorarium for appearances, in addition to per diem and any necessary travel expenses. We work with event organizers to find a price that fairly compensates the speaker and yet works within your budget. In some cases, an Innocence Project representative may also be available to speak at an event.

Download the Speaker Request Form here.

Read what organizers and audience members have to say about exoneree speakers:

Anthony Michael Green’s visit was extremely successful. Attendance exceeded what we anticipated from our small university. Most were shocked to learn that wrongful convictions occur, and many were inspired to do something about it. 

- Justine Taylor, Secretary Mansfield University Criminal Justice Club

Marvin Anderson was great. At the conclusion of his presentation, just before the standing ovation, you could have heard a fly tinkle on cotton. I have no doubt he left some folks with something to think about.

- David P. Baugh, Esq., Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Section

It was an absolute privilege to hear Barry Gibbs talk to the kids in our forensic science class today. He had a wonderful rapport with them. His demeanor was right on, both expressing his joy at exoneration and contempt for the system that wrongfully convicted him. It was quite an eye-opener for the students.

- Joan Kalkut Moogan, parent of 8th grade student in the forensic science class

Alan Newton was a powerful speaker on the subject of criminal justice reform.  Beyond personalizing a statistic, he made the case for how we can learn from his experience and respond constructively.  His focus on public education and helping others who have been exonerated showed a way forward. 

- Jonathan Goldberg, the D. E. Shaw group 

Exoneree David Shephard opened the eyes of Beth Ahm’s congregants and guests who attended the lecture about wrongful convictions. He left us with the knowledge that we can do something about injustice. David gives testimony to the reason why these efforts must be furthered. He is one of God’s great people.

- Rabbi Aaron Kriegel, Congregation Beth Ahm