California Innocence Project Aims to Free the Wrongly Convicted
A current paralegal and law clerk, Shaian Mohammadi undertakes case law and statutory research, motions for preliminary injunctions, and litigation strategy meetings. Shaian Mohammadi is passionate about supporting the under-represented in his free time, focusing on the wrongfully convicted, low-income groups, immigrant women, and has aligned his legal volunteer work with these similar causes. In one of his engagements during law school, he was a legal intern at the California Innocence Project (CIP).
The California Innocence Project, established in 1999 at the California Western School of Law, strives to free the innocent, train law students, and work to change California laws. To submit a case for assistance, the inmate must maintain factual innocence for the convicted crime, and most importantly, new and robust evidence must exist. The new evidence includes DNA, witness recantations, government misconduct, ineffective counsel assistance, or new scientific evidence processing technologies. The inmate fills out the Case Screening Application and provides copies of the requested documents for review.