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School of Law

N.C. Center on Actual Innocence director named Tar Heel of the Year by newspaper
Christine Mumma, who works with Elon law students in her role as director of the N.C. Center on Actual Innocence, was named Tar Heel of the Year Dec. 30 by the Raleigh News & Observer.

To read the article, which included a photograph of Mumma working with Elon students Jon Dunsmoor and Eleftherios Xixis, click here.

Mumma investigates claims of innocence by North Carolina inmates. Law students assist Mumma with her work, poring through case files and reading trial transcripts to discover potential errors. Mumma has also worked with police and prosecutors to establish new guidelines for suspect lineups in the wake of the Duke lacrosse case, and drafted a new law that will ensure the preservation of biological evidence long after a conviction.

Since 1997, the newspaper has named a Tar Heel of the Year, honoring a North Carolina resident who has made notable contributions to the state.