The Northern California Innocence Project’s (NCIP) mission is to create a fair, effective, and compassionate criminal justice system and to protect the rights of the innocent. NCIP challenges wrongful convictions on every front by exonerating the innocent, educating future lawyers and reforming criminal justice policy. Since its inception in 2001, NCIP has attained justice for 18 innocent people who had collectively spent more than 230 years in prison. For more information, please visit
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NCIP Advisory Board

Jim Anderson
Founding Partner, Foundation Capital and Legacy Venture

Lindsay Andrews
Vice President, Sard Verbinnen & Co

Obie Anthony
Exoneree and Advocate

Margalynne Armstrong
Professor of Law, 
Santa Clara University

Franky Carrillo
Exoneree and Advocate

Don Dodson
Presidential Professor of Global Outreach, Santa Clara University

Rhonda Donato
Director of Recruiting, Solutus Legal Search

Nancy Heinen
Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple Computer, Inc.
Partner, SV2 Social Venture Fund

John Hollway
Executive Director, Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice

Ellen Kreitzberg
Professor of Law, 
Santa Clara University

Rick Walker
Exoneree and Advocate 

Elizabeth Zitrin
Vice President, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

About the Northern California Innocence Project
About NCIP's Justice for All Awards Dinner
At NCIP's Justice for All Awards Dinner, we honor individuals for their exceptional dedication to freeing the wrongfully convicted and to reforming the criminal justice system. The evening showcases the inspiring stories of those who fought to regain their freedom with the help of NCIP and our pro bono law firm partners and donors. The Justice for All Awards Dinner provides NCIP with more than 50 percent of its annual operating budget.
Accolades from past Justice for All Awards Dinners
"One of the best events we attend over the year!"

“The Innocence Project is amazing! The commitment, care, and attention from everyone involved is phenomenal.”

“[The] entire event was a first class affair. One engaging and powerful speaker after another – truly cannot recall many other fundraising dinners as memorable and impactful – and I’ve been to a lot.”

“The people, the food, the drinks, and the feeling that changes CAN be made helps me feel more hopeful about the world!”

“The presentations and videos were excellent and informative. The speakers were all engaging and told many moving stories. The presence of the exonerees made the event very meaningful.”

“The compelling stories; extremely emotional in a good way: it brought the issues to life.”

“It was an outstanding event. I left feeling very inspired and honored to be invited.”

“As always it was a moving, inspiring event.”

“Sitting with an exoneree at our table and personally seeing the impact the event had on him really made me appreciate the content more. It was truly an emotional evening.”

“I was touched by the sincerity and passion of all 
the speakers.”

“Food was great, reception was fun, and the program  was smooth and entertaining. No dead periods. Very well oiled, very well done.”

“[It’s great] spending time with so many people that are truly concerned about making the legal system better!”

“Keep it up! Brilliant.”

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