WV Innocence Project
West Virginia University College of Law

WVIP Clinic Students
From left: Ashley Joseph, David Estep, Andy Herrick, Derek Knopp

Student Attorney

Ashley Joseph is a first generation law student from Fairmont, West Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State University in December 2009. Ashley was a summer intern at Legal Aid of West Virginia in 2011 and at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia in 2012.  She is interested in pursuing a career in public interest law after she graduates from law school in May of 2013.

Student Attorney

David Estep is a third year, first-generation law student from Moundsville, West Virginia. During his undergraduate studies, David graduated magna cum laude as a triple major at West Virginia University in political science, psychology, and multi-disciplinary studies. Throughout law school, David has focused his studies on criminal law, constitutional law, and civil liberties while also acting as the President of the ACLU of WV: WVU Student Association. After law school, David hopes to have a career in the public interest representing indigent criminal defendants and litigating constitutional and Section 1983 claims.

Student Attorney

Andy Herrick is from New Martinsville, WV and attended Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, PA where he studied History and Music. Andy graduated from West Virginia University in 2006 with a M.A. in History. He worked the past two summers for Bailey & Wyant, PLLC, in Charleston, WV. Andy is currently in his 3rd and final year of law school and began working for the Innocence Project because he is interested in Prison Reform and the way our criminal justice system can be better utilized.

Student Attorney

Derek Knopp was born in Charleston, West Virginia.  He received his B.A. in World History and Education from the University of Charleston.  He has worked both for the West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia Ethics Commission as a legal intern, focusing on Administrative Law and related issues.