[PAST EVENT] W&M Students for the Innocence Project's Wrongful Conviction Panel

March 18, 2013
Law School, Room 119
613 S Henry St
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Moderator and Panelist Biographies


Tommy E. Miller, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia

Judge Miller is an adjunct professor of law at the College of William and Mary, teaching both criminal and civil courses. Judge Miller also served on the Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules and participated in the restyling of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. He has spoken to many judicial and bar groups and was a member of the Federal Judicial Center's Magistrate Judge Education Committee. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Virginia. He graduated from the College of William and Mary Law School.


Frederick Gerson, Managing Attorney for the William and Mary Innocence Project

Mr. Gerson is a practicing attorney who has represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of federal and state post-conviction proceedings. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Virginia. Mr. Gerson also serves on the adjunct faculty of T.C. Williams School of Law. He earned his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law.

Adam Gershowitz, William and Mary Professor of Law

Professor Gershowitz is a nationally recognized scholar of criminal law and procedure. He as been published in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and many others. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, won the Roger and Madeleine Traynor Prize for best paper by a graduating student, and served as the Articles Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review. After law school, Professor Gershowitz served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert B. King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling.

Margaret Edds, Retired Reporter with the Virginian-Pilot and Author of "An Expendable Man: The Near Execution of Earl Washington Jr."

As a reporter and now retired editorial writer for the Virginian-Pilot, the state's largest paper, Margaret Edds interviewed Earl Washington Jr. extensively and worked closely with his attorneys and all the principles of the case. She is the author of two critically acclaimed books on southern and African American issues, "Free at Last" and "Claiming the Dream: The Victorious Campaign of Douglas Wilder of Virginia."