Research Professor of Law
Director, Innocence and Justice Program
B.S. 1979, Murray State University
J.D. 1995, Nashville School of Law
Licensed to practice in Tennessee
Gordon Rahn joined the University of New Mexico School of Law’s Innocence and Justice Project after spending ten years with the Kentucky Innocence Project as its project coordinator. He helped establish the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) in the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky’s statewide public defender office. He also developed partnerships with the University of Kentucky’s College of Law, Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Louisville’s Brandeis College of Law and the graduate program in Criminal Justice at Eastern Kentucky University, so that students could participate through externships in the program.
As the Project Coordinator for KIP, he was responsible for the daily oversight of the project, including screening all applications, reviewing and recommending applications for investigation, supervising the investigations of the cases by student externs from the law schools, and drafting of motions and appeals seeking relief for KIP clients as well as appearing in court on their behalf. In addition, he was the lead instructor at the schools for the classroom component of the project. Ten men and women were released from prison or had their convictions vacated through the efforts of the Kentucky Innocence Project.
Prior to joining KIP, Rahn was in private practice in Tennessee and also did post-conviction work with the Department of Public Advocacy on a contract basis.
He served a three-year term on the Land Between the Lakes Advisory Board, a citizen’s board created when the Land Between the Lakes national recreational area was transferred to the Department of Forestry from the Tennessee Valley Authority. He was also a high school varsity girls’ soccer coach for 13 years, leading his teams to nine Class A and KHSAA state tournament appearances.