Valena Elizabeth Beety is an Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law. She is also Deputy Director of the WVU Law Clinical Law Program, chairing the West Virginia Innocence Project. Beety's scholarship and teaching interests include criminal procedure, causes of wrongful conviction, prisons and policing. Her experience as a federal prosecutor and litigating innocence cases in Mississippi and West Virginia shape her interest in criminal justice, from investigation through incarceration. 

A 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Beety clerked for Chief Judge James G. Carr of the Northern District of Ohio, and the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia before joining the Mississippi Innocence Project as a senior staff attorney. While teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Beety received the 2012 BLSA Faculty Member of the Year Award.  

At WVU, Beety directs the ground-breaking LL.M. in Forensic Justice, set to launch in Fall 2015.  She created the Franklin D. Cleckley Fellowship, a joint collaboration between the University of Chicago Law School and the WVU College of Law to sponsor a recent law school graduate to work at the West Virginia Innocence Project.  Beety serves nationally as a board member of the Innocence Network, and in West Virginia on the Governor's Indigent Defense Commission.  She represented WVU as a Big XII Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas School of Law in Fall 2013.

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