May 10th

6 pm

Urban Studio, 935 NW Davis St., Portland OR 97209

We're excited to announce details of our premier annual fundraiser, THIS IS INNOCENCE. This year's event will take place on May 10th at Urban Studio in Portland's Pearl District. This benefit supports our work to help innocent Oregonians clear their names, to train law students to be the public interest lawyers of tomorrow, and to promote legal reforms that will prevent and address wrongful convictions. We hope you'll make space in your calendar to join us at THIS IS INNOCENCE. We can promise a memorable evening, with delicious food and drink, updates on our work here in Oregon, and fascinating stories from our special guests. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

We welcome inquiries from individuals and businesses interested in sponsoring this event. Please contact Amie Wexler at for more information.


Tickets for THIS IS INNOCENCE are available now via the link below. Proceeds from this event support the work of the Oregon Innocence Project. Tickets cost $125 and are fully tax-deductible.

Featured Speakers

Our special guests this year will be Mark Godsey, Director of the Ohio Innocence Project and Ricky Jackson, an exoneree from Ohio.


Mark Godsey

Mark Godsey is the Director and Co-Founder of the Ohio Innocence Project. Once regarded as a "prosecutor's prosecutor", it was only after he took a teaching job at a local law school and had to supervise students working on innocence cases that he reexamined his prejudices around wrongful convictions. To date, the Ohio Innocence Project has helped free 24 people who had collectively served more than 450 years.

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Ricky Jackson

Ricky Jackson was freed from prison in 2014 after 39 years with the help of Mark Godsey and the Ohio Innocence Project. Jackson and two friends were wrongfully convicted in 1975 of a murder outside a Cleveland, Ohio, convenience store. He was only 18 at the time. Jackson spent time on death row before his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He is the longest-serving person to be exonerated so far in the U.S.