Anna Tolin is IPNW’s Director and administers all program operations in our mission to free innocent Washington prisoners and remedy causes of wrongful conviction. Anna joined IPNW as a Supervising Attorney and Law Lecturer in 2011 and served as Deputy Director from 2012 to 2015. A volunteer when IPNW was founded, Anna was co-counsel in the 2000 exoneration of Meredith Town. Her pro bono efforts helped free CIP exoneree Jason Puracal in 2012 from his wrongful conviction in Nicaragua. Since joining IPNW, Anna has secured the freedom of IPNW clients Jeramie Davis in 2013 and Donovan Allen in 2015. A graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell Law School, Anna has over twenty-three years of criminal defense experience in the public and private sectors. She has represented clients at all levels of Washington State and federal courts and in the Idaho Supreme Court. Anna is a Past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Innocence Network’s Complex DNA Working Group, and an emeritus member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Western District of Washington and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. See full profile
Jackie McMurtrie founded the Innocence Project Northwest – the nation’s third innocence organization – in 1997 and served as Director until 2015. As Director, Jackie led IPNW’s growth from its roots as a volunteer effort to a law school based social justice organization overseeing two flourishing law clinics. She served as co-counsel for eight of IPNW’s exonerated clients and has mentored over 100 students in the IPNW Clinic. A founding member of the Innocence Network, Jackie served on its Executive Board and co-chaired the Committee on Amicus Policies. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association Council on Public Defense and regularly shares her expertise through public speaking, training and scholarly writing on innocence issues. Jackie’s dedication to improving criminal justice and advocating for the innocent has been recognized by the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Washington Defender Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and the University of Washington. In 2013 she was awarded the ACLU of WA’s highest honor, the William O. Douglas award, for outstanding, consistent and sustained contributions to the cause of civil liberties. See full profile
Lara Zarowsky joined IPNW as the organization’s first Policy Staff Attorney in 2010 and became Policy Director in 2012. Her work promotes systemic reforms to prevent wrongful convictions and support exonerees following release. Lara founded IPNW’s Legislative Advocacy Clinic, whose students championed the 2013 law to compensate Washington’s wrongly convicted and the 2015 law to preserve biological evidence. A graduate of the Evergreen State College and University of Washington School of Law, Lara previously worked as a policy attorney for the Integrity of Justice Project and as non-partisan staff to the Judiciary and Public Safety committees of the Washington State House of Representatives. Lara lectures nationally on innocence-related public policy reform and testifies on such topics before state legislative workgroups and committees. Lara leads IPNW efforts to collaborate with criminal justice leaders to improve statewide practices; she spearheaded the effort that resulted in the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs adoption of an Eyewitness Identification Model Policy. See full profile
Peter Moreno joined IPNW in 2013. He teaches and supervises IPNW clinic students who investigate and litigate prisoner’s’ claims of innocence. An experienced post-conviction lawyer, Peter worked as an appellate public defender and was formerly with the Wisconsin Innocence Project where he served as lead counsel securing DNA testing for numerous WIP clients and won a new trial for a non-DNA client. Peter graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2008 and holds an M.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin. He has lectured on the failures of forensic science, often including students as co-presenters, and co-authored multiple amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on the subject. After a career in nonprofit organizations that advocate for justice and accountability, Peter brings a diverse perspective to his advocacy for IPNW's clients.
Staff Attorney & Volunteer Coordinator
Fernanda Torres joined IPNW as Staff Attorney in 2011 and also serves as the organization’s Volunteer Coordinator. Fernanda litigates complex cases involving murder, rape, homicide by abuse, arson, robbery and assault. She was lead counsel in the 2013 exonerations of Brandon Olebar and Paul Statler. A graduate of New York University School of Law and Williams College, Fernanda has experience with trial, post-conviction and capital cases as a private practitioner and public defender. She serves on the board of Seattle Amistad School and has been recognized by the King County Bar Association for her significant pro bono contributions. Born in Mexico, Fernanda is bilingual. In addition to her tenacious and compassionate client representation, Fernanda conducts training and pro bono partnership outreach for IPNW. See full profile
Katie Seward joined the IPNW team in 2013. She manages outside communications, serves as IPNW’s case intake and screening specialist, and provides case management and administrative support for the entire IPNW team. Katie earned a degree in Political Science at Bates College and embarked on a career committed to social justice and public service in the U.S. and abroad. At organizations such as the American Red Cross and National Institute for Internaionals Affiars, Katie supported efforts to strengtehn civil society in Iraq, food sovereigty in India, election transparency in Sri Lanka and women’s empowerment in the Gambia and Senagal. With her diverse experience and enthusiasm, Katie readily manages numerous projects to support IPNW’s clients, team members and our mission.
Faculty Support Supervisor
Lauren Collins provides support to the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic faculty and supervises the Faculty Support Team at the University of Washington School of Law. She is also pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree at the UW and serves homeless youth at Neighborcare Health’s 45th Street Youth Medical and Dental Clinic. She joined the Social Justice Fund’s Gender Justice Giving Project, raising money for organizations working on issues of family security, reproductive rights, and freedom of gender identity and expression. Lauren is dedicated to the work of IPNW and helps coordinate the education of IPNW clinic students and assist faculty who teach and supervise students working on IPNW cases.
Pro Bono Attorney
Joseph Pierce moved to Seattle in 2012, retiring from his 35-year career as a criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Joe had successfully litigated cases at both the trial and appellate level in state and federal courts. After arriving in the Pacific Northwest, Joe began to devote hundreds of pro bono hours to the IPNW. Joe regularly conducts case review and analysis and brings a wealth of expertise and experience to his dedicated advocacy for the wrongfully accused. Joe also serves as member of the Innocence Project Northwest’s volunteer Advisory Council and has recruited members to help sustain IPNW’s efforts in the future.