Associate Professor of Law

Findley, Keith A.

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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: Wisconsin Innocence Project
899 Wisconsin Law Review
915 SP Crim. J. Admin.: Wrongful Convictions
915 SP Crim. J. Admin.: Wrongful Convictions

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


For all but six years since 1985--during which he served as a state public defender--Keith Findley has been a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Law School. For 20 of those years, he taught in the Law School's clinics. In 2012, he moved to the tenure track, where he teaches Evidence, Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Procedure, and Law & Forensic Science.  In 1997, along with Professor John Pray, he co-founded the Wisconsin Innocence Project, and he served as co-director of the project until the spring of 2017, when he assumed the role of Senior Advisor to the Project. For five years, from 2009 to November 2014, he served as  president of the Innocence Network, an affiliation of nearly 70 innocence organization throughout the world. In 2018, he joined with Jerry Buting and Dean Strang (made famous as Steven Avery's attorneys in the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer) to create a non-profit, the Center for Integrity in Forensic Sciences, dedicated to improving the reliability and safety of criminal prosecutions through strengthening forensic sciences.

Prof. Findley is the author of more than 50 law review articles and book chapters. His primary areas of scholarship and expertise are in wrongful convictions, criminal law and procedure, law and forensic science, 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.