Senior Staff Attorney, Innocence Project
Nina Morrison is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Innocence Project, Inc., in New York, New York. In that capacity, she represents prisoners from around the nation seeking to prove their claims of actual innocence under state and federal law. Nina also serves as the Innocence Project's resource counsel on issues related to prosecutorial accountability and defense access to exculpatory evidence.
In her sixteen years at the Innocence Project, Nina has been lead or co-counsel for twenty-seven individuals who have been freed from death row or lengthy prison sentences based on newly discovered exculpatory evidence, including but not limited to DNA evidence.
Nina also serves as a spokesperson for the Innocence Project's efforts to educate the public about the causes of wrongful convictions and how to reform the justice system. She regularly speaks before groups of attorneys (both defense lawyers and prosecutors), judges, and forensic scientists, as well as civic and educational organizations. Nina appears frequently in local and national media, including CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Her work has also been featured in two award-winning documentary films (After Innocence and An Unreal Dream).
Nina became a staff attorney at the Innocence Project in March 2004. From January 2002 until February 2004, she served as Executive Director, supervising day-to-day management of the Project while assisting with litigation and policy reform initiatives.
Before joining the Innocence Project, Nina was an attorney with the firm of Emery Cuti Brinckerhoff & Abady PC, in New York, focusing on civil rights litigation. From 1992 to 1995 she was an investigator with the California Appellate Project, which represents California's death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings.
Nina is a 1992 graduate of Yale University and a 1998 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Public Service Scholar. From 1998-99, she was a law clerk for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.