The Innocence Project was founded in 1992 by Barry C. Scheck and Peter J. Neufeld at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University to assist prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. To date, 289 people in the United States have been exonerated by DNA testing, including 17 who served time on death row. These people served an average of 13 years in prison before exoneration and release.
Jamaican immigrant Shanelle Davis, 2014 valedictorian of Bayside, Queens, New York's Benjamin N. Cardozo HS's senior class of 845, the first African-American valedictorian in the school's history, became the first in her family to attend a four-year college in the U.S. when she entered Harvard University as a full scholarship recpient.
Justia Verdict columnist Marci Hamilton is one of the leading church/state scholars in the United States, and the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.