Brandon Leinz received his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School (NDLS) in 2020. He started volunteering on wrongful conviction cases starting in his first year and enrolled in NDLS’s Wrongful Conviction Externship every semester since its inception in the fall of 2018. He also served as the Vice President of Litigation for the Notre Dame Exoneration Project where he oversaw the intake process for individuals requesting assistance from the new project. Prior to law school Brandon graduated with honors from University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science.

In his final year at NDLS Brandon was awarded the Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellowship by the school to work to free wrongfully convicted or unjustly imprisoned women. The fellowship is named in honor of Thomas L. Shaffer ’61 J.D., who was a longtime faculty member and former dean at NDLS who was a supervising attorney in the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, guiding the legal practice of law students who serve underprivileged people in the South Bend area.