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Erica J. Suter

Director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the
University of Baltimore; Assistant Public Defender

Since obtaining her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University in 2003, Erica J. Suter has been working tirelessly to defend the innocent. She opened her own firm in 2011, but now serves as the director of the Innocence Project Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law in collaboration with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Her work as a post-conviction and appellate criminal defense attorney has helped change the lives of many.

Most recently, Suter was recognized for her work in convincing a judge of the Baltimore Circuit Court to overturn the conviction of Adnan Syed, the case made famous by the “Serial” podcast. Syed served 23 years in prison for the murder of Hae-Min Lee, but maintained his innocence.

As director of the Innocence Project, Suter teaches and supervises student attorneys who handle cases. She works with the Office of the Public Defender to teach and advocate on reform of the justice system. She serves as a resource on social science research, such as coercive interrogation tactics, unreliable eyewitness identification practices and incorporating scientific research, such as DNA testing, into legal arguments.

After serving as a law clerk in the DC Superior Court, Suter spent roughly three years at the Washington firm Williams & Connolly LLP as an attorney and then at Bennett & Bair LLC.

She received a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College, a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago and her Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.