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Kia Hall Hayes

Kia Hall Hayes

Kia Hall Hayes joined the Quattrone Center after working for eight years as a staff attorney at Innocence Project New Orleans, a nonprofit law office which works to exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals and achieve policy reforms which prevent wrongful conviction. While at IPNO, Kia helped secure the release of six individuals who served a total of 146 years for crimes they did not commit, and spearheaded four successful campaigns resulting in legislation that requires Louisiana law enforcement to use science-based practices when conducting eyewitness identification procedures, gives judges discretion to admit expert testimony on eyewitness identification in criminal trials, allows prisoners to continue to prove their innocence by testing the evidence in their cases for DNA, and streamlines the payment process for exonerees who have been granted wrongful conviction compensation.

Prior to working at IPNO, Kia worked for six years as a newspaper reporter–first at the Providence Journal and then at the Times-Picayune–before enrolling at UCLA School of Law, from which she received her Juris Doctor in 2013.