Julie Jonas graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School cum laude. After law school, she worked for the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office for eight years defending misdemeanor and felony cases. She has been the managing attorney for the Innocence Project of Minnesota since 2003. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Mitchell Hamline, and St. Thomas where she teaches the substantive course Wrongful Convictions. She also operates the Innocence Clinic at the University of Minnesota. In 2007, she won the release of Sherman Townsend from prison after he spent 10 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.