In partnership with The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP), The UMKC Innocence Project Clinic seeks to exonerate the innocent, educate students, and reform the criminal justice system by identifying and remedying the causes of wrongful convictions. Central to the Clinic’s mission is training the next generation of lawyers through hands-on training and litigation to prevent miscarriages of justice in our legal system. Lindsay Runnels currently runs the clinic and supervises students at both the Kansas City and Columbia UM campuses. To learn more about the history of the clinic, please visit the MIP website.


Clinical students are assigned to cases and are responsible for developing investigation strategies, including witness interviews and records collection. Students then implement them in the field. Students work alongside MIP staff, experts, and others in the field to develop claims of actual innocence.


If you know someone who has been wrongfully convicted, please ask them to write a letter to the MIP, providing a brief description of their case and request of the MIP’s assistance.


Lindsay Runnels

Associate Clinical Professor, Midwest Innocence Project Suite 028
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Lindsay Runnels joined UMKC School of Law in August 2016 as an Associate Clinical Professor. Lindsay will be teaching Wrongful Convictions and overseeing the Innocence Project Clinic. Runnels comes to us from Morgan Pilate, a criminal and civil rights litigation firm.  She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a J.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

With the help of our students, she and the Midwest Innocence Project will partner to litigate innocence cases within the region. Lindsay is a lifetime Royals fan and spends much of her free time reading Dr. Seuss’ books – over and over and over again.