Vanguard 10th Annual Event – Keynote Speaker: Mark Godsey, Ohio Innocence Project – August 13


The Vanguard’s 10th Annual Event will feature Mark Godsey, the director of the Ohio Innocence Project and acclaimed author of Blind Injustice.

In his book, “Drawing upon stories from his own career, Godsey shares how innate psychological flaws in judges, police, lawyers, and juries coupled with a ‘tough on crime’ environment can cause investigations to go awry, leading to the convictions of innocent people.”

The event is the Vanguard’s annual fundraiser. Founded in 2010, the Vanguard Court Watch goes into courts in San Francisco, Sacramento and Yolo Counties in California to monitor and report on everyday injustice in the court system. Our operations have expanded to include our weekly Everyday Injustice Podcast, national criminal justice reform coverage, a daily newsletter, and focuses on wrongful convictions, felony murder reform and the progressive prosecution movement.


Tickets: General Admission ($50), Student/ Low Income ($20)

Date and Time

Thu, August 13, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT


UC Davis Conference Center

550 Alumni Lane

Davis, CA 95616

Please note due to COVID-19 and regulations we may move this to a Zoom-only event. That decision has not been made yet. But please support our fundraiser as it funds the Court Watch project and many of our operations.



UC Davis School of Law Albert & Pamela Bendich Charitable Trust
California Innocence Project  
Yolo County Public Defender’s Office SOCIAL JUSTICE CHAMPION SPONSOR:
San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation
Chesa Boudin, SF District Attorney It Could Happen to You
Lara Bazelon, University of San Francisco Law Mouzis Criminal Defense, Jennifer Mouzis
The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation Advocates for Ajay
It Could Happen to You  
Obie Anthony, Exonerated Nation Gold Level Sponsor:
Senator Scott Wiener Bob Poppenga, Davis School Board
  Tracie Olson, Yolo County Public Defender
  Jon Bendich
  Mark Reichel, Attorney at Law
  Linda Deos, Candidate Yolo County Supervisor
  Masud Monfared
  Harvey and Evelyn Greenwald
  Julia Newcomb
  Tully & Weiss – California Criminal Defense Attorneys
  Silver Level Sponsor:
  Gloria Partida, Davis Mayor
  Jim Provenza, Yolo County Supervisor
  Allison Zuvela
  Alin Cintean, Attorney at Law
  Alan Hirsch
  Friend Level Sponsor:
  Senator Scott Wiener
  Alan Fernandes, Davis School Board
  Robb Davis, Former Davis Mayor
  Nate Ballard
  Saatyaki Amin
  Ryan Davis
  Elizabeth Lasensky

To become a sponsor or purchase tickets… hit the link:


About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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