Alissa Leanne Bjerkhoel is a legal professional who currently serves as the Litigation Coordinator at the California Innocence Project (CIP), a non-profit organization that works to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals. With years of experience in the legal field, Bjerkhoel has developed expertise in various areas of criminal law and procedure.
In her role at CIP, Bjerkhoel coordinates all active case litigation, manages the case intake process, serves as the in-house DNA expert, authors petitions filed on behalf of clients, speaks at conferences on topics relating to forensics, directs and supervises clinical student casework, and helps draft new laws.
Bjerkhoel is known for her dedication to social justice and has been actively involved in various community and legal organizations. She is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Innocence Network’s Complex DNA Working Group. Alissa has been featured on television shows and podcasts including 20/20, Snapped, Crime Watch Daily, and Flawed Justice. She has also presented at various conferences and workshops on issues related to criminal justice and wrongful convictions.
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