Legal Director Lauren Kaeseberg
Lauren is the Legal Director of the Chicago office of the Illinois Innocence Project and represents clients in DNA and non-DNA actual innocence cases. Lauren received her B.A., cum laude, from DePaul University in Secondary Education and after teaching high school in Chicago, Lauren attended Cardozo School of Law in New York City where she was in the inaugural class of Public Service Scholars. In law school, Lauren participated in the Innocence Project clinic program for over two years as a clinic student, an intern and a Teaching Assistant. After graduating from law school, Lauren moved back to Chicago and began working as a private criminal defense attorney in Lake County, Illinois. She then joined the defense team of Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who she represented at both federal trials and on appeal. Lauren has extensive experience in trial level, post-conviction and appellate cases. Lauren is a frequent presenter on issues surrounding wrongful convictions.