Marissa Bluestine has served the Pennsylvania Innocence Project as Legal Director since its inception in 2009. In that role, she coordinates and supervises the legal efforts of the organization. In addition, Bluestine promotes the mission of the Pennsylvania Innocence Project to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in Pennsylvania through public education and advocacy. She engages in public education, advocacy, and legislative reform efforts on issues that relate to innocence and the criminal justice system. Working directly with law enforcement, she is helping our criminal justice system respond to the challenges raised by the over 300 DNA exonerations nationwide through improving investigative techniques. Prior to her work with the Project, Bluestine worked for over 10 years as an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and for several years as a litigation associate at Duane Morris. In April, 2010, the Legal Intelligencer included her in its biennial list of “Women of Distinction.” In 2013, the Philadelphia Bar Association honored her with the Andrew Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service in Public Interest Law.
Bluestine is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and Temple University School of Law.