B.S., 1996, University of Pittsburgh
M.S., 2000, University of New Haven
J.D., 2004, Northwestern University School of Law
Craig M. Cooley joined the Innocence Project as a Staff Attorney in August 2007. He represents clients in various states seeking access to post-conviction DNA testing and/or relief from their conviction based on exculpatory DNA evidence. Prior to his work with the Innocence Project, Mr. Cooley worked as an Assistant Federal Defender in Las Vegas, Nevada (2005-2007), where he (and the Capital Habeas Unit) represented Nevada death row inmates in federal and state post-conviction proceedings. Prior to this, Mr. Cooley worked as an Investigator in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (2004-2005), where he (and the Capital Habeas Unit) represented Pennsylvania death row inmates in federal and state post-conviction proceedings. Prior to joining the Harrisburg Capital Habeas Unit, Mr. Cooley served as an Investigator with the Office of the State Appellate Defenders, Death Penalty Trial Assistance Division in Chicago, Illinois (2001-2004), where he worked on various cases affected by Governor George Ryan’s death row pardons and commutations.
Mr. Cooley’s research and writings have been published in law journals such as George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal, New England Law Review, Indiana University Law Journal, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Oklahoma City University Law Review, and Southern Illinois University Law Journal, and books such as Crime Reconstruction (Academic Press 2006) and Criminal Profiling: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis (3d Academic Press; forthcoming 2008).