Anna Tolin joined the UW Law faculty in 2011 after a career in criminal defense. She is currently a Lecturer in the Innocence Project Northwest Clinic where she supervises students and attorneys on all post-conviction DNA testing cases. In 2012, Anna became Deputy Director of the Innocence Project Northwest, helping to administer the project and fulfill IPNW's vital mission to free innocent Washington prisoners.
Anna is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell Law School. She has over twenty-two years of criminal defense experience in the public and private sectors and has represented clients at all levels of Washington State and federal courts and in the Idaho Supreme Court. Anna was a volunteer attorney with IPNW when it was founded, serving as co-counsel in the 2000 exoneration of Meredith Town. She gave pro bono support to help free Jason Puracal in 2012 from his wrongful conviction in Nicaragua, and helped secure the freedom of IPNW exoneree Jeramie Davis in 2013.
Anna is a Past President of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington Defender Association. She currently serves on the Innocence Network's Complex DNA Working Group and is an emeritus member of the federal Criminal Justice Act Panels for the Western District of Washington and the Ninth Circuit.