Loyola Project for the Innocent Staff

Megan Baca Portrait

Megan Baca

213.252.7423
megan.baca@lls.edu

Megan received her J.D. from Santa Clara University, School of Law in 2016, with certificates in Criminal Justice and Public Interest. She worked as a volunteer, student, then research assistant at the Northern California Innocence Project before coming to Loyola Project for the Innocent (LPI). She began LPI as a habeas investigator before becoming a Staff Attorney and Investigation Coordinator. During law school, Megan interned at the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office, the Habeas Resource Center, and California Appellate Project-San Francisco. Megan also worked as a Research Assistant at the ACLU-SF Bay Area on their What a Difference a D.A. Makes project. 

Nikki Herst-Cook Portrait

Nikki Herst-Cook

213.736.1052
Nikki.Herst-Cook@lls.edu

Nikki Herst-Cook is a Staff Attorney under the Bloodsworth DNA Grant. Prior to LPI, Nikki was a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in New York City where she represented indigent clients in misdemeanor and felony offenses. During law school Nikki interned with the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, a reentry court program in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and a human rights firm in Botswana. Before attending law school, she worked as a paralegal at the Federal Defenders of New York. Nikki received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Michael Peterson Portrait

Michael Petersen '16

213.736.8372
michael.petersen@lls.edu

Michael Petersen is a Staff Attorney with Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent. Michael is a Loyola Law School alum, and graduated in 2016 from the evening program. While in law school, Michael was a clinical student with the Project for the Innocent and the Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic. After graduation, Michael spent two years working in civil litigation before joining the California Appellate Project – Los Angeles as a panel attorney to work on felony direct appeals for indigent defendants. Michael joined LPI in March of 2019, and assists in the investigation and litigation of post-conviction claims of actual innocence.