The Ruth Pauley Lecture Series: Prof. James E. Coleman “Wrongful Convictions are a Serious Public Safety Issue”
March 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
James E. Coleman is the John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law, Director of the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, and Director of the Wrongful Convictions Clinic at Duke Law School.
His experience includes 15 years in private practice in Washington, D.C., the last 12 as a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. In private practice, Coleman specialized in federal court and administrative litigation; he also represented criminal defendants in capital collateral proceedings and was an active participant in his firm’s pro bono program. Coleman also has had a range of government experience during the early part of his career, including stints as an assistant general counsel for the Legal Services Corporation, chief counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and deputy general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education.
During his career, Jim has been active in the American Bar Association, where he served as Chair of the ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities and of the ABA Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, and has served on various state commissions focused on wrongful convictions, the death penalty, and criminal justice generally.
A native of Charlotte, Coleman is a graduate of Columbia University (J.D. 1974) and Harvard University (A.B. 1970)