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Laura Caldwell speaks nationally, empowering audiences to overcome adversity by sharing the stories of her Life After Innocence clients and how they went from wrongfully imprisoned to regaining their lives. She is a former civil trial attorney who is now a law professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is also the director of Life After Innocence and a published author of 14 novels and one nonfiction book.
With novels published in over 25 countries and translated into more than 13 languages, Laura had left the law behind, or so she thought. Research on her sixth novel led her to the criminal case of a young man who was charged with murder and was sitting in a Cook County holding cell for nearly six years without a trial. Compelled by his story, Laura joined a renowned criminal defense attorney to defend him, ultimately proving his innocence and inspiring her first nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him (Free Press, Simon & Schuster).
By working with him and witnessing his intense struggle to assimilate into a now foreign and unfriendly world, Laura became keenly aware that while many programs are available for ex-offenders after their release, the innocent in most states receive no assistance. Laura was moved to create Life After Innocence, an innovative and first of its kind program that aids exonerees — people who have been wrongfully convicted and later found completely innocent — to begin their lives again and reclaim their rights as citizens.
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