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Barry Scheck Born September 19, 1949 (1949-09-19) (age 61) Queens, New York, U.S. Barry C. Scheck (born September 19, 1949) is an American lawyer. Although he received national media attention while serving on O.J. Simpson's defense team, winning an acquittal in the highly publicized murder case, Scheck's more influential legal work lies in his dedication to exposing wrongful convictions as director of the Innocence Project. He is a professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Contents 1 Early life 2 Cases he defended 3 Innocence Project 4 Selected bibliography 5 References 6 External links // Early life Scheck was born in Queens, New York. He graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, New York in 1967. He then went on to receive a B.S. from Yale University in 1971 and a J.D. and M.C.P. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1974 Cases he defended Scheck was part of the team that defended O. J. Simpson in his 1995 trial. He was associated with clearing in 1999 of Dennis Fritz and Ron Williamson who had spent 11 years in prison of wrongful murder convictions.[1] He was also the lead lawyer who defended British au pair Louise Woodward in her 1997 murder trial. More recently, he served as attorney of the wrongly accused Duke University lacrosse player Reade Seligmann to represent him in a civil lawsuit filed on October 5, 2007 against the city of Durham, North Carolina, its former district attorney, Mike Nifong, He also was responsible for clearing John Restivo, Dennis Halstead, and John Kogut after 18 years in prison for the 1985 Lynbrook rape and murder of Theresa Fusco, when DNA evidence proved them innocent and implicated others.[2] Innocence Project Scheck co-founded the Innocence Project in 1992 with Peter Neufeld, also his co-counsel on the O.J. Simpson defense team. The Project is dedicated to the utilization of DNA evidence as a means to exculpate individuals of crimes for which they were wrongfully convicted. As of May 28, 2008, 217 wrongful convictions have been overturned by DNA testing thanks to the Project and other legal organizations. The Innocence Project does not use legal technicalities to challenge convictions; the Project accepts only cases in which newly discovered scientific evidence can potentially raise a reasonable doubt as to a criminal defendant's guilt. Scheck is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he established the first Innocence Project. He is Director of Clinical Education for the Trial Advocacy Program and the Center for the Study of Law and Ethics, and a former staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of New York. From 2004–2005 he served as president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. In 1996 he received the Robert C. Heeney Award, the "NACDL’s most prestigious award... given annually to the one criminal defense attorney who best exemplifies the goals and values of the Association, and the legal profession"[3] Selected bibliography Scheck, Barry, Peter Neufeld, and Jim Dwyer. Actual Innocence. New York: Doubleday, 2000. ISBN 0-385-49341-X. Scheck, Barry, Peter Neufeld, and Taryn Simon. The Innocents. New York: Umbrage Editions in association with The Innocence Project, 2003. ISBN 1-884167-18-7. [Photographs and Interviews by Taryn Simon; commentary by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck.] References ^ Amazon.com: Journey Toward Justice: Dennis Fritz: Books ^ http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wtvd/duke%20lax%20lawsuit.pdf ^ NACDL website "Awards" section External links The Innocence Project Website Innocent But Executed. Huffington Post Scheck article v • d • e O. J. Simpson murder trial Key figures O. J. Simpson · Nicole Brown Simpson · Ronald Goldman · Al Cowlings · Lance Ito Prosecution figures Marcia Clark · Christopher Darden · Gil Garcetti Defense figures F. Lee Bailey · Johnnie Cochran · Alan Dershowitz · Carl Douglas · Robert Kardashian · Barry Scheck · Robert Shapiro Witnesses Traci Adell · Michael Baden · Denise Brown · Pablo Fenjves · Mark Fuhrman · Fred Goldman · Kato Kaelin · Henry Lee · Faye Resnick Other elements Brentwood · Bruno Magli · Centinela Avenue · Ford Bronco · Fuhrman tapes · If I Did It Persondata Name Scheck, Barry Alternative names Short description Date of birth September 19, 1949 Place of birth Queens, New York, U.S. Date of death Place of death