We are thrilled to announce our part-time Chicago attorney, Lauren Kaeseberg, has joined the Project full time, with the help of a generous gift from a Chicago law firm. Lauren is now handling a full caseload of Chicago-area and northern Illinois cases. In the case of one man who is entering his 30th year in prison, recent DNA testing on crime scene evidence has excluded him. Lauren is working hard to obtain this client’s release within the next few months.
Pictured here is Lauren with her long-time client Bennie Starks on January 7, 2013, the day he was exonerated in Lake County, Ill., after fighting for 25 years to prove his innocence (Chicago Tribune photo).
Before coming to the Illinois Innocence Project, Lauren practiced criminal defense in the Chicago area at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels, including on a number of high profile cases. She has been involved in actual innocence litigation for the last decade, having interned in New York with Innocence Project founders Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld for two years as a law student. Lauren’s presence underscores the Illinois Innocence Project’s statewide reach. She is a critical part of our legal team and we are lucky to have her.