Post Conviction Counsel
Amelia Maxfield currently serves as Post-Conviction Counsel. In this capacity, she works on issues related to post-conviction claims regarding faulty forensic sciences. Amelia works predominately on the Hair Microscopy Review Project with NACDL’s partners at the Innocence Project and the FBI.
Amelia graduated cum laude from the University Of Wisconsin Law School in 2015. She is a member of the Order of the Coif. As a law student, Amelia gained significant experience in post-conviction and innocence work. As Legal Intern in Strategic Litigation at the Innocence Project, she focused on flawed forensic science, including hair microscopy and bite mark cases. As a Research Assistant at the University of Wisconsin she contributed to academic work on false confessions, eyewitness identification reform, and shaken baby syndrome. Amelia was a Student Attorney at the Wisconsin Innocence Project legal clinic from 2013-2014. During that time she worked intensively on cases involving complex post-conviction and forensic science issues ranging from false confessions and eyewitness identification, to complex DNA mixtures. Amelia also worked on policy issues affecting exonerees.
Prior to law school, Amelia served as Policy Specialist at Kansas Action for Children, a non-profit public policy and child advocacy organization. Amelia graduated from Vassar College in 2010.