Legal Director, Innocence Project of Minnesota
Julie Jonas is the Legal Director for the Innocence Project of Minnesota (IPMN). She has worked for IPMN since 2003. In addition to her work for the Project, she teaches at Minnesota law schools where she focuses on the prevention of wrongful convictions and working with clinical students to screen and investigate cases of potential innocence.
Ms. Jonas completed her undergraduate and law degree at the University of Minnesota. After law school, she practiced with the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office in St. Paul, MN.
In her current position, she has successfully worked to secure the release of five innocent men from prison who were incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. She also works on policy issues. Her work was instrumental in Minnesota’s passage of its 2014 Imprisonment and Exoneration Remedies Act awarding compensation to innocent Minnesota exonerees. In 2016, she secured compensation for two of her clients pursuant to that Act.