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Jarrett Adams

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago by a single mother.
When he was 17 years old, he was falsely accused of a rape while attending a college party with some friends.
He couldn’t afford to hire a lawyer, so the court appointed him one—the lawyer failed to call some key witnesses or enter a defense, which resulted in him receiving a 28-year prison sentence.
He had served almost 10 years of his sentence before the Innocence Project took his case, got his conviction reversed, and had his record expunged.
He was released in February of 2007 and was back in school by April of that year—says that he knew getting an education was the key to getting himself reacclimated into society.
Started at community college and eventually went on to graduate with his law degree from Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law.
His first job out of law school was working as a clerk in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago—the same court that overturned his conviction.
He now works closely with the Innocence Project, in addition to running his own law office and continuing to act as an advocate for criminal justice reform.
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Career

Attorney

I am an attorney with the Innocence Project, Co-Founder of Life After Justice, and advocate for criminal justice reform.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Law
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Day to Day

I spend most days as an attorney working on a variety of cases including trials, arrests & arraignments, sentencing, and sentence modification. It involves reading and researching the case I am working on, getting to know my client, and then developing a defense or prosecution depending on the case. I also work with the Innocence Project to review potential false imprisonment cases and bring those back to trial to get them overturned.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Knowing how to communicate effectively is crucial. You have to build relationships and network. You never know when you are going to meet someone who will help you become someone.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Going to community college is a great first step to get your foot in the door and help you build the relationships needed to succeed. Getting an AA in something general like Liberal Arts sets you up to study almost anything you want.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You have to forgive the people that did you wrong and move on. "

Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated
Financial
Single Parent

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