Rory O'Sullivan

Independent Historian

Rory O’Sullivan currently serves as Director and Staff Attorney at University of Washington Student Legal Services. Rory grew up in the Seattle area majoring in economics and international studies at UW. He served as a legislative assistant to Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott in Washington D.C. before attending law school at Georgetown University Law Center. He has spent his legal career in public services and poverty law working at Northwest Justice Project and then managing the King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law Center, and he serves on the board of Express Credit Union. He has published articles in the Seattle University Law ReviewGonzaga Law ReviewSeattle Times, and Real Change among other publications.

The Innocence Project: A Short History Since 1983

For more than 25 years the Innocence Project has been shedding light on systemic failures of the United States criminal justice system. The authors of the Bill of Rights in the 1780s and 1790s enumerated more than a dozen specific protections for criminal defendants including the right … Read MoreThe Innocence Project: A Short History Since 1983