Veritas Initative Founder

Kathleen M. Ridolfi, Founder

Kathleen “Cookie” Ridolfi is a tenured member of the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty and founder of the Veritas Initiative.

Professor Ridolfi founded the Northern California Innocence Project in 2001 and in 2004 co-founded the Innocence Network, a collaboration of 49 innocence projects in the United States and in four other countries. From 2004-2008, she served as Commissioner of the California Senate Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice.

Professor Ridolfi was a trial lawyer with the Defender Association of Philadelphia where she served in the Special Defense Unit. She was a pioneer and innovator in the early development and application of social science to jury selection and a leader in the development of expert testimony for use in cases of battered women raising claims of self-defense.

She has received numerous accolades for her classroom work including the prestigious Russell Galloway Professor of the Year. She teaches criminal law and a seminar on Righting Wrongful Conviction: Policy and Legislative Reform.