Innocence Project New Orleans Summer Internship Scholarship Award

About Innocence Project New Orleans

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and south Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

Since its inception in 2001, IPNO has freed or exonerated 25 wrongly convicted prisoners. IPNO takes the hardest cases—cases that others are not equipped to take. We devote the majority of our time and resources to freeing poor people who will otherwise die in prison for crimes they did not commit.

About the Scholarship

We are seeking an academically promising undergraduate student or high school student with an interest in becoming a lawyer or in legal work/reforms, especially, but not necessarily, in criminal justice.

We want to give young men and women from communities affected by the criminal justice system an opportunity to be part of the change they want to see in the justice system. We want a young person who is willing to work hard and learn on the job, working with a team of lawyers, investigators and law students. The awardee will get training with other students and receive extensive mentoring from IPNO’s staff.  A large part of IPNO’s representation of prisoners is grounded in new facts discovered through investigation and record collection. For that reason, interns should expect to spend a significant portion of their time at IPNO reviewing case documents and conducting file maintenance.

The internship will last 10 weeks, starting on May 26, 2015. The recipient will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer, to be paid out every two weeks.

Applicants must be high school seniors or full-time undergraduates at a university or community college based in the United States. Preference will be given to someone from the greater New Orleans area. Economically disadvantaged students; students of color; and first generation undergraduate college students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a strong interest in law
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need and academic promise
  • Be willing to share their experiences via IPNO’s Web site, newsletter, social media and possibly with the press.

How to Apply

To apply, email the following to Kia Hayes at (NO CALLS please!):

  • A personal essay, limited to no more than 750 words on two pages. The essay should address the applicant’s financial need, any interests in particular areas of the law and interest interning with Innocence Project New Orleans (please use any personal stories to convey your interest if possible)
  • An up-to-date résumé with GPA listed
  • Contact information for two to three references
  • A non-legal writing sample (no more than 10 pages)

Everything must be received no later than Friday, April 24, 2014 for Summer 2014 consideration.

Please do not call. We will contact applicants who have advanced to the interview stage of the application.

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3.27 K10 Summit

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Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Looking to catch some jazz in April? Check out the dates below to see where you can find Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra next!

Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will be performing all four days of French Quarter Fest at the Abita Stage.  On 4/9/15 from 5:20-6:45pm, the NOJO will be performing tributes to Stevie Wonder, Grateful Dead, and the Beatles.  On 4/10/15 from 5:25-6:45pm, the NOJO will be performing tributes to Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Nirvana.  On 4/11/15 from 12:35-1:50pm, the NOJO will be performing children’s songs.  On 4/12/15 from 2:10-3:25pm, the NOJO will be performing the New Orleans Songbook.
On 4/17/15 at 7:30, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz Institute is presenting a program of original music at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market.  This program will be based on signature dishes from integral restaurants in New Orleans as chosen by Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen, and Victor Atkins, three renowned professors at the University of New Orleans.
On 4/24/15 at 7:00pm, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will be performing at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.) for the NOJO’s annual fundraising gala. Email Sarah at for more information.
On 4/25/15 at 7:30, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will perform at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (PHNOJM) for the first ever ticketed performance at the PHNOJM.
On 4/26/15 at 2:05pm, Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will be performing at Jazz Fest at the Gentilly Stage.

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Blighted Ballot: Nigeria’s Election History & the 2015 Polls, A Lecture with Dr. Niyi Osundare

3.25 Osundare

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Midlo Center’s Upcoming Events

March 2, 5:00 pm – The Faces of Feminism in Louisiana, 1965- 1980. A reception followed by a lecture at 5:30 pm by Janet Allured co-sponsored by the Midlo Center and UNO Women’s Studies. 4th floor Earl K. Long Library. Dr. Allured will also hold a mini seminar with graduate students after the lecture

March 5-7—Louisiana Historical Association Annual Meeting, Lafayette, LA

Thursday, March 5th, 3:00-4:15 p.m. The Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of New Orleans:  The Varieties of Remembrance (UNO History Professor Robert Dupont participating, with Tom Gregory and Peggy Scott Laborde of WYES.)

Friday, March 6th, 2:45-4:00 p.m. Michael Mizell-Nelson Memorial Panel in Digital History, Louisiana’s Digital Footprint: An Exploration of Louisiana’s Digital History Projects. (Kevin McQueeney and Jessica Dauterive presenting on the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank and other work by Dr. Mizell-Nelson.)

March 14, 12:30 – 5 pmConnecting ‘Kongo Across the Waters’ to New Orleans:  A Symposium. Ryan Gray, James Mokhiber, Andrea Mosterman, Freddi Evans, Nikki Eggers, and Luther Gray, and a panel of UNO graduate students. New Orleans Museum of Art, in conjunction with KATW exhibition, organized by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Tervuren, Belgium) and the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida. Free and open to the public.

March 19, 2 p.m. – Concert/ Philippe Laroque’s “The Hero of New Orleans : Battle of the Memorable 8th of January 1815” The Loyola Chamber Orchestra, Director and Conductor, Dr. Jean Montès, Orchestration by William Memmott, advised by Michael Rihner, co-sponsored by Loyola University, National Park Service, Louisiana State Museum and Midlo Center. Featuring exhibit created for the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans by UNO Dept. of History graduate students. Old Mint 3rd fl.

March 21—To Be Sold: A Symposium on the Interstate Slave Trade

The day-long symposium is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and will be held simultaneously in Richmond, Virginia (at the Library of Virginia) and New Orleans (at The Historic New Orleans Collection). While scholars have placed much emphasis on the transatlantic slave trade, the profitable domestic trade sent over two million laborers to the Cotton South, many of them from the slave markets in Richmond to Louisiana. Funded by the NEH and co-sponsored by Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies, Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Library of Virginia. At HNOC 

March 28, 2:30 p.m. – “Storm and Storyteller, 10 Years On: Two Writers and a Photographer Revisit Katrina.” Panel for the Tennessee Williams Festival. For the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Midlo Center is sponsoring a panel at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival featuring three writer/reporters discussing their Katrina work in retrospect: Dan Baum (Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans/ former New Yorker staff writer) and Cheryl Wagner (Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around: A Memoir of Floods, Fires, Parades, and Plywood/ This American Life) and photojournalist Ted Jackson (Hurricane Katrina Then and Now/ Times-Picayune staffer). Lolis Elie (most recently of HBO’s Treme) will moderate the discussion. The panelists will reflect on their Katrina work, discuss the duties of writers and photographers in such crises—both as reporters and storytellers—and share their perspectives on the city of New Orleans ten years after the storm.


co-sponsored by or project of the Midlo Center.

April 9-12Let Them Talk – French Quarter Festival Seminars co-sponsored by Midlo Center, featuring author John Broven, author of Rhythm and Blues. At Old US Mint 3rd floor. Free and open.

May 27, 6 p.m. – “Finding Rebecca: Or, How an Enslaved Girl from New Orleans became an Abolitionist Icon,” a lecture by Mary Niall Mitchell, The Historic New Orleans Collection.

June 26-28 – Southern Foodways Alliance Summer Conference – This year’s conference will be held in New Orleans and will include a memorial panel for Dr. Michael Mizell-Nelson as well as highlight his ground-breaking work and oral histories on the history of food in New Orleans.

News and ongoing projects

Freedom on the Move. In collaboration with colleagues at Cornell University and the University of Alabama, the Midlo Center is conducting a digital humanities project database of runaway slave advertisements for all of North America. Under the direction of Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell, UNO students are collecting and cataloging advertisements from Louisiana newspapers. The collection of advertisements promises to expand our knowledge of antebellum slavery, including population movements, African American culture, ethnicity, linguistics, material culture, urban slavery, the interstate and transAtlantic slave trades, the spread of cotton and sugar cultivation, and family formation and dislocation.

AHA Tuning Project – Dr. Mary Niall Mitchell, Midlo Chair, was selected to participate in the next phase of the American Historical Association’s Tuning project for the history major at the 2015 annual meeting. For more information, go to: The nationwide, faculty-led project will articulate the disciplinary core of historical study and define what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program. The project has already brought together accomplished history faculty from more than 60 institutions across the country. Participating faculty and other project personnel will collaborate in workshops and on-line forums to craft a common framework that establishes appropriate and fair expectations for students of history.

Organization of American Historians Annual Conference 2017 – Midlo Endowed Chair Mary Niall Mitchell and Rosanne Adderley of Tulane will serve as co-chairs of the Local Resources Committee for the Organization of American Historians annual conference taking place in New Orleans on April 6-9, 2017. Midlo Director Connie Zeanah Atkinson will serve on the committee as well. The Midlo Center is maintaining the collaboration established by Michael Mizell-Nelson with Tulane University and Curatescape on this digital project featuring research and local tours created by university students.

Humanities Action Lab/ Global Histories of Incarceration Project. The University of New Orleans will be joining HAL as a partner university for this project organized by faculty at The New School in New York. In 2014-2015, students in diverse disciplines at partner universities across the United States and Around the World with communities across the country to conduct research, share stories, design platforms for public engagement, and create other public projects that respond to pressing questions about incarceration. These will be integrated into an international traveling exhibit and digital platform, launching in Spring 2016 at The New School and traveling to each community that helped create it.

Tricentennial Series with WWNO, THNOC, and the Midlo Center, in planning stage. Faculty and student participation will be encouraged.


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To Be Sold: The American Slave Trade from Virginia to New Orleans

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The European Union & The Challenge of Democratization in the Balkans

2.19 European Union

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