By unpacking real world examples and narratives, this panel looks at the opportunities and difficulties presented by the reality of race within the context of innocence work from the perspective of practitioners and activists. Specifically, we will look at the roles race and implicit bias play in the everyday practices of attorneys and Innocence Project network staff in doing the work. What does it mean when people of color represent people of color, as opposed to white attorneys? What are the strains presented in representing criminal defendants and innocence claims as a person of color in hostile courtrooms and environments? How are racial issues addressed or ignored even within the "friendlier" context of innocence and defense practitioners? Part of this panel will involve interactive small group work.