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Karen Newirth


Karen A. Newirth is the Senior Fellow in the Innocence Project’s Strategic Litigation Department.  She is responsible for all aspects of the Innocence Project’s work in the area of eyewitness identification, including strategic litigation, litigation training, and public education and advocacy. Ms. Newirth received a B.A. in Educational Studies from Brown University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Law and Politics. Following law school, Ms. Newirth was a law clerk for Judge Whitman Knapp of the Southern District of New York.  Prior to joining the Innocence Project, Ms. Newirth was a senior associate at the law firm of Brafman & Associations, P.C., where she represented individuals in all phases of state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. Ms. Newirth previously served as the Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of New York and as a member of the Board of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  She is an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo Law School.