Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Jim Petro and Nancy Petro

Jim and Nancy Petro 

Jim Petro, former Attorney General of Ohio, and his wife, Nancy Petro, will give four lectures as part of the 2013 Lakeside Chautauqua Lecture Series.  

Based on their book, “False Justice: Eight Myths that Convict the Innocent”, the Petros will speak on the subject of wrongful criminal conviction during four 90-minute lectures scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23.

Jim Petro retired as Chancellor of the University System of Ohio on Feb. 1. A graduate of Denison University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law, his legal career included litigating cases in venues from Mayor’s Court to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also pursued public service and was elected to serve Ohioans as Rocky River Council Member and Director of Law, State Representative, Cuyahoga County Commissioner, Auditor of State and Attorney General. 

He was the first state Attorney General to intervene on behalf of an Innocence Project client and later became a pro bono lawyer for the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP). He worked with OIP Director Mark Godsey on Ohio’s criminal justice reform law enacted in 2010. Jim Petro also received the 2010 Innocence Network Champion of Justice Award. 

 Nancy Petro, a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Denison University, retired from a communications and business career in 2008 to focus on writing and advocacy relating to wrongful conviction and criminal justice reform. She has written for “Inbrief”, the magazine of Case Western Reserve School of Law; the Ohio Innocence Project’s Annual Review (2011 and 2012); and, as a contributing editor, for the Wrongful Convictions Blog ( 

“False Justice” earned the 2011 Constitutional Commentary Award from the Constitution Project and the 2012 Media Award from the Northern California Innocence Project.

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Lakeside Chautauqua is a gated community and requires a Daily Chautauqua Pass for admission ($19 for adults, $13.25 for youth ages 12-18, and free for children under 12 and guests over 90) from June 22-Sept. 2, 2013. Partial Day Passes ($6.25) are also available for up to three hours, not including Hoover Auditorium nightly entertainment.

Free parking is available at Danbury High School (cars must be registered at the Hoover Auditorium Ticket Office). There is no shuttle service provided to or from the school. To park on the Lakeside grounds or the South Gate Parking Lot, there is a $8 auto fee.

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