A graduate of California Western School of Law (CWSL), Kristin Swanson-Mace is now a practicing lawyer. She is the President of the Law Offices of Kristin Swanson-Mace in Orlando, Florida, and enjoys keeping up with news from her alma mater.
CWSL Professors Justin P. Brooks and Jan Stiglitz and alumni attorneys Michael A. Semanchick and Alissa L. Bjerkhoel were recently honored as the Attorneys of the Year by California Lawyer, the state’s top legal magazine. The four were recognized for their outstanding service on the California Innocence Project (CIP) to exonerate Brian Banks, a former California high school football star who had served over five years in prison after being wrongfully convicted on a number of serious charges.
Stiglitz, who serves as the director of the CIP, led the efforts to uncover new evidence and conduct more thorough investigatory work in Banks’s case. The CIP began in 1999 as a clinical program for CWSL students, and it exists to release wrongfully convicted California inmates. Since its foundation, the CIP has achieved the exoneration of nine wrongfully convicted individuals.