Professor Watson and Students from the Wrongful Conviction Clinic Attend International Innocence Network Event
April 12, 2011
On April 8-10, Kathy McKinney and Jessica Vandivier, students from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis’ Wrongful Conviction Clinic, joined Professor Fran Watson at the 2011 Innocence Network Conference: An International Exploration of Wrongful Conviction, held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Wrongful Conviction Clinic is a founding member of the Innocence Network.
Professor Watson moderated the session on” Federal Habeas Corpus: Timelines and Pitfalls,” a panel focusing on the law which impacts federal review on the merits of a constitutional claim, including matters of exhaustion, procedural default, and the statute of limitations.
Professor Watson’s years in practice have involved work as a deputy state public defender at the trial and appellate levels and representation of the police department and elected officials as an assistant corporation counsel for Indianapolis/Marion County. She is a member of the Federal, Indiana, and Indianapolis Bar Associations and a master of the American Inns of Court.
She is a member of the Committee on the Civil Rights of Children for the Indiana State Bar Association. She also is a member and officer of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and the Craine House, a correctional facility for women. Professor Watson serves on the Board of the IUPUI Forensic Science Initiative.