2020 Justice For The InnocenT Award
The 2020 Justice for the Innocent Award will be presented to Steve Weinberg, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri School of Journalism; Ellen Suni, professor and dean emerita at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; and Rod Uphoff, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri School of Law, who had the courage to ask for a better, more just reality when they formed the Midwest Innocence Project in 2001. Weinberg’s vision of establishing a project to investigate wrongful conviction cases formed the basis for what would become MIP. Suni and Uphoff championed this vision through the establishment of clinical programs at UMKC and the University of Missouri Schools of Law, programs that continue to this day.
2020 Midwest Innocence Project Freedom Award
Cindy Dodge, a Kansas City defense lawyer and former Jackson County prosecutor, will be presented with the 2020 Midwest Innocence Project Freedom Award which is presented to individuals for exemplary advocacy and work on behalf of the innocent. Dodge was an instrumental member of the legal team that freed Ricky Kidd, who was wrongly imprisoned for a double murder in 1996 and exonerated in 2019. Dodge joined Kidd’s team in 2013 and spent the next six years fighting for his freedom pro bono. 41 Action News did a piece on Ricky while he was incarcerated that you can find HERE.