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A Special Day at New York Law School

West of Memphis Poster

By Meghan Lalonde

After months of hard work, patience, and perseverance, everything came together seamlessly: New York Law School played host to an advance screening of West of Memphis, the new documentary about the West Memphis 3, as well as the story’s focus, the amazing Damien Echols.

But unlike the last time Mr. Echols visited New York Law School, this time around Mr. Echols brought company: his wife and chief advocate, Lorri Davis, who also served as a producer for the film; director, Amy Berg; and his mighty legal team, Steve Braga, Dennis Riordan, and Barry Scheck.

The NYLS Program in Law and Journalism event, “Justice Lost: The Fight to Free Damien Echols”, began in the early afternoon with a special screening of the film, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival to great reviews. Before the film screened, a surprise: a video message to our audience from Oscar-winning filmmaker and producer, Peter Jackson, about why he reached out to Ms. Davis and asked how he could help Mr. Echols. (The reason is simple: he saw an injustice and wanted to right it).

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