Alissa Bjerkhoel is the litigation coordination at the California Innocence Project. She authors petitions filed on behalf of the Project’s clients, directs and supervises clinical student casework, and coordinates case litigation. Alissa is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the National Innocence Network’s Complex DNA Working Group, and serves on the federal bite mark task force for the National Institute of Standards and Technology Organization of Scientific Area Committees. She has been instrumental in the exonerations of eight wrongfully convicted Californians. She has been recognized with Young Attorney of the Year, Post-Conviction Lawyer of the Year, and California Lawyer of the Year awards.