Keith A. Findley

Assistant Professor of Law

Telephone: 608-262-4763
Office: Room 8108, Law School

B.A. 1981, Indiana University
J.D. 1985, Yale Law School,

Teaching Areas:
Appellate Advocacy
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Law and Science

Recently Taught Courses
725 Introduction to Criminal Procedure
801 Evidence
854 Clinical Program: Innocence Project
854 Clinical Program: Wisconsin Innocence Project
915 SP Crim. J. Admin.: Claims of Innocence
915 SP Crim. J. Admin.: Wrongful Convictions

Research Interests:
Wrongful Convictions
Eyewitness Identification Procedures
Interrogations & False Confessions
Forensic Sciences
Legal/Clinical Education


After more than 20 years teaching in the clinical programs at the Law School's Frank J. Remington Center, Keith Findley moved to the tenure track in the fall of 2012.  He currently teaches Evidence, Wrongful Convictions, and Criminal Procedure.  Along with co-director Professor Carrie Sperling, he also continues to serve as faculty director of the Wisconsin Innocence Project (which he co-founded with Professor John Pray).  For five years, from 1999 to November 2014, he served as  president of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of 68 innocence projects in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand,  The Netherlands, France, Italy, South Africa, Israel, and Argentina. 

Prof. Findley's primary areas of expertise are in wrongful convictions, criminal law and procedure, and appellate advocacy. He has previously worked as an Assistant State Public Defender in Wisconsin, both in the Appellate and Trial Divisions. He has litigated hundreds of postconviction and appellate cases, at all levels of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court.  He also lectures and teaches nationally on wrongful convictions, forensic science, evidence, and appellate advocacy. His scholarly agenda focuses on the causes of and remedies for wrongful convictions.

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