Justice for the Wrongfully Convicted

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David Owens and students outside the courthouse in Chicago.

When Patrick Prince was 19 years old, he was sent to prison for a murder he did not commit. He was finally exonerated and released nearly 26 years later, thanks to the work of attorney David B. Owens (BA, Philosophy, Political Science, 2004) and two University of Chicago law students.

For Owens, such cases are why he became an attorney. 

David Owens and his students celebrate outside the courthouse after wrongfully convicted Patrick Prince was exonerated.

Owens knew from an early age that he wanted to represent those whose voices were not being heard. His own experience as an African American man was a motivating factor.  “Growing up in Auburn, Washington, I was one of a handful of black kids — it’s...

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