Announcement from Executive Director Linda Starr

Dear NCIP Friends and Supporters,

When Cookie Ridolfi and I founded NCIP in 2001, we could never have imagined what NCIP would achieve and what the innocent movement would become. NCIP has obtained the freedom of 35 wrongfully convicted people, sponsored many significant pieces of legislation, published influential research reports, and educated hundreds of students. Our staff are leaders in the innocence movement. And we could not have done any of it without your generous support.

After 22 years of guiding NCIP, I will be starting a phased retirement, stepping out of my full-time role as Professor and Executive and Legal Director, effective August 1, and working part-time.

I could not have dreamed of a more satisfying career. It has been an honor to work with NCIP’s incredible staff – I am in awe of how much this small group of brilliant, tenacious, tireless advocates has accomplished, and the compassion and heart they demonstrate daily. Our passionate students have taught me so much and I have been humbled by the commitment and thoughtfulness of our supporters. And to our clients, who, with their resilience, insistent quest and demand for justice, kindness and grace, have shown us all the triumph of the human spirit – I express my deepest respect and gratitude for allowing me to be part of their remarkable lives.

NCIP will continue under strong, veteran leadership as Paige Kaneb and Melissa “Missy” O’Connell will serve as Interim Legal Directors of NCIP, and Todd Fries, NCIP’s Associate Director, will become the Executive Director. Together they will create a shared vision for NCIP moving forward. I will remain in an advisory capacity for at least the next academic year, and what Cookie and I started 22 years ago will always be a part of our lives.

I have learned so much both professionally and personally while doing this work. And I am profoundly grateful to all of you for your support of NCIP. I know I leave NCIP in extraordinarily capable hands and hope you’ll join me in continuing support for this extraordinary work.

With respect and gratitude,

Linda Starr
Co-founder & Executive Director

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