Who We Are

Deirdre M. Enright

Director of Investigation
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1992
B.A., Northwestern University, 1982

Deirdre Enright is director of investigation for the Law School's Innocence Project Clinic. Enright previously worked at the Virginia Capital Representation Resource
Center, where she represented clients and consulted on cases in all stages of capital litigation, with primary focus on federal and state post-conviction proceedings and Supreme Court certiorari review. After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School in 1992, Enright worked as a staff attorney at the Mississippi Capital Defense Resource Center. 

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Jennifer L. Givens

Legal Director
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1997
B.A., Furman University, 1994

Jennifer Givens is the legal director of the Innocence Project Clinic. Prior to joining the clinic in 2015, Givens worked as an assistant federal defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Federal Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and as a senior staff attorney with the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center, where she represented death-sentenced inmates in state and federal post-conviction proceedings. Her career successes include securing a grant of clemency for a severely mentally ill client and winning a life sentence for an intellectually disabled client, both of whom were sentenced to death in Virginia. She has argued before state trial courts and U.S. district courts in Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as the Virginia Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

Givens has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law and has
regularly spoken at local and national capital habeas corpus trainings and conferences. 
She is a member of the Virginia, Pennsylvania and Georgia bars.