IPNO is made up of full-time staff attorneys and support staff, aided by a constellation of interns and volunteers.

Jee Park

Executive Director

Jee Park has served as IPNO’s executive director since June 2018. Prior to joining IPNO in January 2017 as the senior attorney for policy, Jee served as the deputy district defender of Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) from 2014-16. She joined OPD in the spring of 2008 as a supervising attorney then directed OPD’s Special Litigation Division from 2009-14. Prior to OPD, Jee worked as a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders in New York and was a  Prettyman Fellow at the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown Law Center.

After college, Jee worked for Equal Justice Initiative. Jee also served as a law clerk to Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); received an LL.M in clinical advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center; and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

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Charell Arnold

Staff Attorney

Charell Arnold is a staff attorney with IPNO. During law school, Charell was a summer law clerk with the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana and the Southern Poverty Law Center, as well as a student attorney for the Tulane University Juvenile Clinic.

Charell worked as a staff investigator with the Orleans Public Defenders Office for several years before attending law school. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2014.

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Richard Davis

Deputy Director

Richard Davis came to IPNO for a four-month internship in 2005 and has remained ever since.

Richard obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Sheffield in 2004. He obtained his Master of Law degree from Loyola University New Orleans in 2011 while working at Innocence Project New Orleans.

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Huy Dao

Case Manager

Huy Dao started as the case manager in October 2015. Prior to working at IPNO, Huy was the case director at the Innocence Project, where he managed the Intake & Evaluation Department from 1997-2015.

Huy graduated from Cornell University in 1997 and received an Master of Fine Arts in writing from the New School in 2000.

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Cat Forrester

Communications Manager

Cat Forrester is IPNO’s communications manager. She interned at IPNO from 2013-2014 before joining the staff in January 2016. Prior to joining IPNO, Cat worked as a client and court support administrator at Orleans Public Defenders. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from Brown University and her Master of Arts in sexuality studies at San Francisco State University.

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Devon Geyelin

Investigator Fellow

Devon joined IPNO’s staff as an investigator fellow in January 2018. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in American studies from Yale University, where she was vice president of the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. Prior to joining IPNO, she worked for one year at Nguyễn Tất Thành High School in Yên Bái, Vietnam, through a Fulbright grant.

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Kia Hall Hayes

Staff Attorney

Kia Hall Hayes is a staff attorney who interned with IPNO in the fall of 2012 and officially joined the staff in August 2013.

Kia received her Bachelor of Arts in Africana studies from Brown University in 2003 and a Master of Arts in print journalism from the University of Maryland in 2004. She worked for six years as a newspaper reporter–first at the Providence Journal and then at the Times-Picayune–before enrolling at UCLA School of Law, from which she received her Juris Doctor in 2013.

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Kara Kurland

Paralegal

Kara Kurland became a paralegal at IPNO after she spent five months with IPNO as part of her year of service in Avodah: The Jewish Social Justice Corp. Prior to joining IPNO, Kara was a financial coach at the Neighborhood Development Foundation. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in legal studies and sociology and with minors in criminal justice and Jewish studies. She was also a student-intern at the Wisconsin Innocence Project .

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Jack Largess

Investigator Fellow

Jack Largess  graduated in 2016 from UNC-Chapel Hill, earning a Bachelor of Arts in geography. His honors thesis studied the ways that housing policy limited the effectiveness of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system’s court-ordered desegregation busing plan. Jack most recently worked as an educator with teenaged farmworkers during the Blueberry Harvest in Maine. Previously, he has volunteered as a dorm head in a migrant shelter in Mexico and interned with the Mecklenburg County Public Defender’s office in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Emily Maw

Senior Counsel

Emily Maw has been with IPNO since 2003. From 2004-2005 she was legal director, from 2005-2018 she was IPNO’s director and she now serves as IPNO’s senior counsel, focusing on litigation. She is licensed in Louisiana and Mississippi. Prior to working at IPNO, Emily worked with the then-Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center for several years as an investigator for capital cases in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She also worked at the Texas Defender Service. Emily received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Edinburgh and her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School.

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Kirschelle McGowan

Staff Attorney

Kirschelle McGowan received her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in 2012 and was admitted to practice law in Louisiana in October 2012. During law school, Kirschelle worked as a student attorney in the Juvenile Defense Clinic and was a member of Law Review. Before joining IPNO’s staff in 2013, Kirschelle worked for Criminal Defense Attorney Julie C. Tizzard in New Orleans.

Kirschelle obtained a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice in 2006 as well as a Master of Science in criminal investigations in 2007 from Southern University and A&M College.

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Jené O’Keefe Trigg

Managing Director

Jené O’Keefe Trigg joined IPNO in February 2010. She brings to IPNO over 20 years of experience in nonprofit communications, fundraising and management. Prior to joining IPNO she was the managing director of Pro-Media Communications, a social issues public relations firm and the executive director (hired originally as the development director) of The Moratorium Campaign, a national anti-death penalty nonprofit founded by Sister Helen Prejean.

She began her career at Pyramid Communications, a public affairs firm in Seattle. She was also lead advance during the 2000 Gore/Lieberman Campaign. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer and a mentor with the Women’s Prison Association and for over a decade assisted with publicizing the wrongful convictions of three men widely known as the “West Memphis Three” who were freed August 19, 2011.

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Kameri Scott

Finance Manager

Kameri Scott is IPNO’s  finance manager. Prior to joining IPNO in April 2017, she worked as a finance manager of a local law firm, in public accounting as an auditor and as a consultant for numerous nonprofit entities and universities.

She is decorated veteran of the U.S. military and has served as a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard for over 10 years. Kameri is a proud graduate of the University of New Orleans (UNO). She has received three Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting, finance, and business administration and a Master of business administration from UNO.

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William Aquino 

Special Investigator

William (Bill) Aquino joined IPNO as an intern in 2007 and has been an IPNO staff member since he graduated law school in 2009. During law school, Bill was a summer intern and later student attorney at the Tulane University Domestic Violence Clinic. Before law school, he worked as a licensed private investigator in San Francisco. Bill also served as an investigator of the City of New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board, working on investigations and departmental prosecutions of New York City Police Department officers for cases of abuse of authority and excessive force.

He has a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in 2009.

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