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Institute Staff

Jennifer Paschen Bergeron
Professor of Clinical Practice, Ohio Innocence Project
513-556-4274
jennifer.bergeron@uc.edu

BA, Centre College, Phi Beta Kappa
MA, University of Virginia
JD, University of Cincinnati

Following her graduation from University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review and a Fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Jennifer Paschen Bergeron worked in general litigation at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

She later joined Ulmer & Berne LLP in the Labor and Employment Group before serving in her current position as attorney for the Ohio Innocence Project.

 

Donald Caster
Professor of Clinical Practice, Ohio Innocence Project
513-556-4273
donald.caster@uc.edu

BA, Youngstown State University
JD, University of Cincinnati

Donald graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was a member of Moot Court and Law Review and a fellow at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. Following a clerkship with a federal district court judge, Donald joined Gerhardstein, Branch & Laufman, a boutique civil rights firm, as an associate.

Donald subsequently opened his own practice, focusing on criminal defense and appellate litigation. He later served in the appellate division of the Butler County Prosecutor's Office before joining the Ohio Innocence Project as an attorney.

 

 

Brian Howe
Professor of Clinical Practice, Ohio Innocence Project
513-556-4276
brian.howe@uc.edu

BA, The Ohio State University
JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

After graduation, Brian was awarded an Equal Justice Works fellowship representing consumers who faced predatory lending and servicing practices in rural southwest Ohio. He continued this work as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio before joining the Ohio Innocence Project in 2014.

 

Pierce ReedPierce Reed
Policy Coordinator and System Liaison.

BA,Ohio University
JD, Northeastern University School of Law

Pierce will interface with all stakeholders in the criminal justice system--prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, legislators, etc. to educate them about wrongful convictions and the need for systemic reform. He will hold CLE and training sessions across the state. His first conference will be a statewide conference on wrongful convictions for prosecutors to be held this June, which OIP is co-hosting with Case Western Law and the Cleveland Prosecutor's Office.

A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University and Northeastern University School of Law, Pierce completed a graduate fellowship funded by the prestigious Echoing Green Foundation, performing policy and litigation work related to privacy and HIV/AIDS. After his fellowship, he worked in two Boston firms practicing appellate, products liability, employment and insurance law before becoming a career law clerk to former United States Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander Ford, one of the first African-American women to serve in the federal judiciary. He moved to Columbus in 2005, and served as senior judicial attorney to Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court. He has served as an adjunct professor in appellate advocacy at the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, teaches litigation in a professional course at the Center for Professional Education at Boston University, and formerly served for several years as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, in minority mentoring programs, and as a frequent judge in moot court competitions. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Columbus Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and a former president of the chapter.

 

Stephanie KingStephanie King
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

BA, University of Cincinnati

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, Stephanie began her career doing bankruptcy work; but she found her calling when she took a job in a criminal defense firm, Michael K. Allen and Associates. At the Ohio Innocence Project, Stephanie will be supporting the attorneys, helping supervise the interns, doing intake, and anything and everything else to assist the functions of the organization.

 

 

 

 

Alex BarengoAlex Barengo
Forensic Science Review Attorney

BA, University of Cincinnati
MA, University of Cincinnati
JD: University of Cincinnati College of Law

As an OIP fellow, Alex worked with clinical professor Donald Caster on James Parsons' case. Parsons was the 24th person freed by the OIP after Caster and the OIP fellows uncovered evidence that called into question the validity and legitimacy of the testimony provided by the State's forensic analyst, which was the lynchpin of the State's case against Parsons. As a result of the seriousness of the problems with the forensic analyst's work, the OIP received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to fund a two-year review of all of the cases handled by that analyst. Alex will be conducting the review of those cases.

 

Mallorie thomasMallorie Thomas
Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney

BA, Ohio State University
JD, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Mallorie joins the law school as the new Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney. While at UC Law, Mallorie was an OIP fellow, a Weaver fellow, and she participated in the Indigent Defense Clinic with the Hamilton County Public Defender's Office. As the Rosenthal Fellowship Attorney, Mallorie will be involved with helping to litigate cases with the OIP clinical professors for the next 2.5 years. She will be working with two groups of fellows and assisting them with their cases.