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Stand Up For Innocence: A Night Of Comedy Benefitting The Innocence Project Of Florida

January 18, 2024

On Saturday, February 3th, American Heritage Schools’ Pre-Law Society is pleased to host Innocence Project of Florida’s Annual Comedy Event Series, “Stand Up For Innocence,” at the school’s Broward Campus. The evening will entail levity and laughs to raise money for The Innocence Project of Florida – a NonProfit Organization that aims to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives.

The event will be hosted by Karen Bergreen, a standup comedian, published novelist and former lawyer who frequently appears on Comedy Central and performs on TV and around New York City comedy clubs. The opening act is Andy Pitz who has been performing standup comedy for more than 20 years, with numerous TV appearances including on “The Late Show with David Letterman'' and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Guests will then enjoy the headliner, Owen Smith, an accomplished comedian, writer and actor who has been featured on “Conan and Colbert,” and has written for ABC’s “Black•ish,” The ESPY’s, “Are We There Yet” (TBS) and “Everybody Hates Chris.”

All proceeds from the show will provide critical funding to help The Innocence Project of Florida find and free innocent people from prison in Florida. The organization’s litigation efforts and support services for freed people are provided at no cost to the wrongfully convicted.

The event is put on by the generous support of its sponsors. Freedom Sponsors include Manny Kadre; David Rothman Partners; Adele Stone & Jesse Diner; Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Eduardo Fernandez, P.A.; Schwartzreich & Associates, P.A.; and The Collection.

Friends Sponsors include Becker; Broward County Bar Association and Karen Gottlieb; Benjamin, Aaronson; Edinger & Patanzo, P.A.; Boardroom Communications; Cohen, Blostein & Ayala, P.A.; Dutko & Kroll; The Burton Firm; Harry Solomon; Samuel Rabin; Ian Comisky; Roy Kahn; Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A.; Dr. Garrett Weinstein; Law Office of Richard L. Cooper; Jones Walker LLP; Henry M. Coxe II; Brian & Lisa Tannebaum; Ed O’Donnell Chorowski & Clary; Law Offices of David Gillis; CATECOMM; Madalon Law; Nathan Diamond; Scott Tozian; Haber Blank Huda Ajlani Macri; Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Eric S. Rosen, PA.; and Liberman, Cabrera, Thompson, & Reitman PLLC.

In-kind support includes: American Heritage Schools; Ben & Jerry’s; Steven & Susanne Hurowitz; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; and Total Wine.

American Heritage Schools offers an excellent Pre-Law program, which is a four-year honors program taught exclusively by practicing attorneys and judges. Each year students take unique law school-level courses that no other high school offers, such as Trial Advocacy, Constitutional Law, Homicide Law and Criminal Law. The program culminates in a senior year internship when students experience the practice of law in real life. Seniors leave campus a few times per week to rotate through different law firms, agencies, offices and courtrooms throughout South Florida. The connections that the seniors make with practicing judges and attorneys are invaluable and often result in future law school clerkships and internships.

When: Saturday, February 3rd, Pre-Event Reception begins at 7:00 p.m. and the event starts at 8:15 p.m.

Where: American Heritage Schools’ Broward Campus, 12200 West Broward Boulevard, Plantation, Florida 33325

Tickets range from $30 to $100. To purchase tickets, please visit:

Sponsorships are available, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500. For more information about sponsorships, please visit:

About Innocence Project Of Florida
The Innocence Project Of Florida (IPF) is a Non-Profit Organization founded in January 2003 to help innocent prisoners in Florida obtain their freedom and rebuild their lives. The organization’s mission is to screen and investigate cases in which meritorious innocence claims are identified; secure DNA Testing when biological evidence exists; advocate for the release and/or exoneration of individuals whose cases present meritorious innocence claims based on evidence of actual innocence; provide transitional and aftercare services to exonerees; and advocate for necessary criminal justice reform to avoid wrongful incarcerations in the future.

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