Larry Golden is an Emeritus Professor of Political Studies and Legal Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield and Founding Director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project. For 34 years he taught courses on civil rights and liberties, and law, inequality, and justice. In 2001 he helped found the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project (now the Illinois Innocence Project). He retired in 2004 from full time teaching in part to become pro bono Director of the Project. Larry teaches a course on conviction of the innocent and speaks in a variety of venues about the problem of wrongful conviction and the work that is occurring across the country to free the innocent. He has written numerous grants to support the Project. And he has written articles for local media on the Project cases and the issues involved in them. He was a member of the Executive Board of the National Innocence Network until 2013.