Craig J. Trocino

Director, Innocence Clinic & Lecturer in Law

J.D. 1993, Nova Southeastern University
B.A. 1990, Indiana University Bloomington

Phone: (305)284-8201
Office: A312G

Craig J. Trocino is the Director of Miami Law's Innocence Clinic. The Innocence Clinic is a member of the Innocence Network and is dedicated to identifying and exonerating the wrongfully convicted in Florida. 

Before joining the law school, Mr. Trocino was an Assistant Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for the Southern Region of Florida where his practice focused on representing death sentenced inmates in postconviction and habeas corpus proceedings.  He is also an experienced AV rated appellate litigator having been counsel of record on more than 200 direct appeals and extraordinary writs in state and federal courts.

Mr. Trocino’s publications have been on topics including comparative law, scientific evidence, and criminal law. He is also the author of a chapter in the Florida Bar's Florida Appellate Practice 8th, 9th and 10th Editions.  A frequent speaker, Mr. Trocino has presented numerous lectures in the United States, Australia and Spain on scientific evidence and criminal law matters.

Mr. Trocino served as the co-director of the Florida Innocence Project from 2002-2004 and has taught classes in postconviction litigation and federal sentencing. His areas of concentration are in appellate practice and postconviction litigation and he maintains research interests in criminal law, habeas corpus and appellate practice.

 Publications

Jurisdiction and Review, Florida Appellate Practice, 10th ed (2016).

Hurst v. Florida’s Ha’p’orth of Tar: The Need to Revisit Caldwell, Clemons, and Proffitt, with Chance Meyer, 70 U. Miami L. Rev. 1118 (2016).

You Can’t Handle the Truth: A Primer on False Confessions, 6 U. Miami Race & Soc. Just. L. Rev. 85 (2016).

Jurisdiction and Review, Florida Appellate Practice, 9th ed (2014).

Jurisdiction and Review, Florida Appellate Practice, 8th ed (2012).

“Civilizing” the “Savages:” A Comparison of Assimilation Laws and Policies in the United States and Australia, 14 Glendale L. Rev. 33 (1995).

Traffic Accident Reconstruction: Legal Issues in the 1990's , Institute of Police Technology and Managment University of North Florida, Institute of Police Technology and Management (1992).

 Media Appearances

Magazine: Esquire Magazine June 1 2019 Quoted in an article discussing the Netflix series "When They See Us" which is about the Central Park Five case.

Other: Miami Law Explainer Podcast March 10 2019 Season 2, Episode 9, A Netflix Star’s Appeal.

Other: Miami Law Explainer Podcast November 5 2018 Season 1 Episode 13, The Evidence Issue: From Pittsburgh to ‘Making a Murderer.’

Other: Miami Law Explainer Podcast August 8 2018 Season 1 Episode 2, The Tragic Case of Brendan Dassey.

Newspaper: Daily Business Review February 22 2018 Interviewed and quoted in front page story, UM Law Students Work to Exonerate Convicted Armed Robber, file:///C:/Users/ctrocino/Box/UMSYNC/desktop/UM%20Law%20Students%20Work%20to%20Exonerate%20Convicted%20Armed%20Robber%20_%20Daily%20Business%20Review.html

Newspaper: Miami New Times January 25 2018 Interviewed and quoted in the Cover Story, A Way Out: UM law students are the last hope for a convicted killer, http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/did-larry-johnson-jr-kill-palm-springs-florida-resident-anna-mae-kiger-9211322?platform=hootsuite

Newspaper: Naples Daily News October 26 2017 Interviewed and quoted in, Death Row or Not, Mesac Damas Will Not Leave Florida Prison Alive, https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/10/26/death-row-not-mesac-damas-not-leave-florida-prison-alive/802421001/

Newspaper: Naples Daily News September 2 2017 Interviewed and quoted in, Collier Judge Exits Family-killing case; Mesac Damas Trial Still Set for Tuesday, https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/09/01/judge-fred-hardt-withdraws-mesac-damas-murder-case/624704001/

Radio: WLRN/NPR August 24 2017 Interviewed regarding the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty process before the Asay Execution. http://wlrn.org/post/florida-uses-new-drug-execute-first-inmate-more-year

Newspaper: Naples Daily News July 15 2017 Interviewed and quoted in, Damas Wants to Plead Guilty to Killing Family, but Will Collier Judge Let Him? https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/15/mesac-damas-wants-represent-himself-plead-guilty-killing-family-will-judge-let-him/476124001/

Radio: WLRN/NPRinterviewed regarding the Florida Supreme Court opinion in Lambrix v. State, which declined to grant a capital petition relief under Hurst v. Florida. March 9 2017

Internet: Huffington Post February 22 2017 Interviewed and quoted in Huffington Post article, “Leading Nurses Association Takes Official Stance Against Death Penalty.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-nurses-association-capital-punishment_us_58ae275be4b057efdce8e587

Radio: WLRN/NPR October 14 2016 interviewed regarding the Florida Supreme Court opinion in Perry v. State which invalidated Florida’s newly enacted post-Hurst death penalty statute. http://wlrn.org/post/florida-death-penalty-struck-down-once-again

Internet: WLRN Online March 9 2016 Quoted in Death Row Inmate Mike Lambrix Loses Appeal, Opens Door For Execution, http://wlrn.org/post/death-row-inmate-mike-lambrix-loses-appeal-opens-door-execution.

Internet: WLRN Online March 7 2016 Interviewed and quoted in WLRN online article, “Death Penalty Back on Books in Florida,” http://wlrn.org/post/death-penalty-back-books-Florida

Radio: WLRN/NPR March 7 2016 interviewed regarding Florida’s newly enacted death penalty statute changing the jury’s death recommendation from a simple majority to requiring 10-2 jury vote to impose death.

Radio: WLRN/NPR January 13 2016 interviewed regarding the landmark Supreme Court decision Hurst v. Florida, which invalidated Florida’s death penalty for violation of the 6th Amendment. https://soundcloud.com/wlrn/843am-scotus-death-penalty-ruling

 Presentations & Awards

Wrongful Convictions and the Miami Law Innocence Clinic (February 27, 2019)

(March 9, 2017)

An Analysis of “13th” A Documentary (June 29, 2017)

Wrongful Convictions in the United States (June 26, 2017)

Towards a More Safe and Secure World: Combating International and Organized Crime (April 27, 2017)

(September 15, 2016)

The Dark Side of Criminal Justice: A Discussion of “Making a Murderer (February 2, 2016)

(March 17, 2015)

The Role of Appellate Counsel in Innocence Litigation (October 10, 2014)

Death Does Not Become Him (February 15, 2013)

How to Prevent Student and Director Burnout in Innocence Efforts (April 20, 2013)

Maintaining Student Enthusiasm in Innocence Clinics (March 30, 2012)

The Innocence Project and the Perils of Eyewitness Identification (April 27, 2012)

(June 30, 2004)

DNA in the Age of Innocence (June 30, 2004)

(December 5, 2003)

(May 12, 2000)

Issues in Forensic Alcohol (February 19, 1999)

Jurisprudence Colloquium (February 19, 1999)

Young Forensic Scientists Symposium (February 16, 1999)

Stump the Experts (March 26, 1998)

(March 20, 1998)

Legal Issues in Voir Dire (September 4, 1997)

The Admissibility of Drug Recognition “Expert” Evidence (September 13, 1996)

Drug Recognition Experts in DUI Cases (March 7, 1996)

Multidisciplinary Session: Jurisprudence/Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Panel (February 23, 1996)

Drug Recognition ‘Expert’ Evidence: Should it be Admissible? (February 14, 1995)

Expert Witness Workshop (February 14, 1995)

Advances in Alcohol and Drug Testing: Significance for Legal Proceedings (December 1, 1995)

Legal Aspects of Urine, Blood, and Hair Drug Testing Workshop (October 31, 1994)

Phone: (305)284-8201
Office: A312G
Faculty Assistant

Cruz, Mary

Phone: (305)284-3123
Office: F305

Area of Expertise

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Innocence and Wrongful Conviction
  • Appellate Practice and Procedure

Websites and Blogs

Innocence Clinic