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Please join us at the Illinois Innocence Project's

11th Annual Defenders of the Innocent Event

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Making a Murderer

Jerry Buting 

Featuring Attorney Jerry Buting of the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” and author of “Illusion of Justice,” who speaks to the workings of an often flawed justice system, as seen from his view as co-counsel in the sensational Steven Avery case and other innocence cases. 

5:00pm Check-In and Cocktail Reception
6:00pm Ballroom Doors Open
6:15pm Dinner and Program Begin

Crowne Plaza Hotel
3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62703

$125 individual reserved seat 

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Join us to welcome home IIP Exoneree Bill Amor and honor the 2018 Defender of the Innocent Awardees!
Bill Amor 

Bill Amor was exonerated February 21, 2018, after spending 22 years in prison as an innocent man. Bill was wrongly convicted of arson-murder in 1997 based on faulty fire investigation and a purported confession to starting the fire in a way that experts testified is scientifically impossible. 

The Exoneration Project 

2018 Defender Awardee, The Exoneration Project, a pro bono legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, that provided critical work toward the exoneration of Bill Amor, by leading the trial team, expending countless resources and giving support before and after Bill's exoneration. 

Paul Echols 

2018 Defender Awardee, Lt. Paul Echols (retired), of the City of Carbondale, Ill., Police Department, exemplifies the ultimate quest for justice in his continuing effort to seek the posthumous exoneration of Grover Thompson, now 22 years after the innocent man died in prison. 


I can't attend, but would like to make a donation.

On average, it takes 7-10 years to free an innocent person from prison, and hundreds of thousands of dollars per case. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff. Your attendance at and participation in our events directly impact our ability to correct miscarriages of justice in Illinois, educate the public about wrongful convictions and reform our state's criminal justice system.