Santa Clara University

The Johnson Scholars Program

Ramsey Fisher '15

Hometown: Fremont, Calif.
Triple Major: political science, economics, and history
Mentor: Barbara Molony, Walter E. Schmidt, S.J., Professor of History
Project: Northern California Innocence Project

One of Ramsey Fisher's life goals is to become a leader who motivates himself and others to make positive changes in society and assist those in need. This is what attracted him to SCU, and to becoming a research assistant for the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP), whose commitment is to exonerate the falsely convicted and rectify some of the shortcomings of the legal system. For his summer research project, Ramsey will assist attorneys, students, and other staff as they examine the innocence claims of inmates and conduct interviews with witnesses, law enforcement, and attorneys to gather information on cases under consideration. Ramsey believes that being a leader calls one to become an active proponent of change in our community—this is what compelled him to pursue an internship with the NCIP and apply to the Johnson Scholars Program.

Ramsey's 2013 Summer Project Update:

"Research has identified six main causes of false conviction: eyewitness misidentification, flawed forensics, prosecutorial misconduct, ineffective assistance of counsel, informants, and false confessions. As part of my experience with NCIP, I wrote a paper that examines the first four of these six causes of false convictions through the stories of two recent Northern California exonerees—one of which was exonerated during my time at NCIP. I am now in Washington, D.C., interning at the American Bar Association and taking classes at American University, but upon my return to SCU in the winter, I plan to continue volunteering at NCIP."