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The Real Housewives of Orange County's Emily Simpson has been working with the California Innocence Project for some time now. And she recently shared an update on her work with the organization that aims to "free the wrongfully convicted, work to reform the criminal justice system, and train students to become zealous advocates," according to their Instagram.
This past weekend, Emily hosted a fundraiser and shared highlights to her Instagram. Emily, who of course is a lawyer by trade, opened up about being hands on in helping to get the event off the ground. She also posted several moments from the event to her Instagram Stories, sharing some of the personal stories she heard from those who had been helped by the organization.
"Thank you to @harrisjasmin1 of the [California Innocence Project] for asking me to be the Honorary Chair of the California Innocence Project Gala Saturday evening in beautiful San Diego. I was honored to speak and humbly honored to meet the 20 exonerees in attendance who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit," Emily shared. "Each of your stories inspires me to continue to speak and work towards justice."
She also revealed some more details of the night. "Thank you to my amazing friend [Lisa Landers Harvey] who owns [Swirl boutique] who helped me coordinate complimentary hair and makeup and jewelry for some of the female exonerees so they would look and feel beautiful on such a special night!" Emily wrote. "A huge shout out to [Headlines the Salon] for your stylists who helped with hair and to [Deana Avila Linn] for helping the ladies with makeup."
In an interview with The Daily Dish in November 2020, Emily opened up about her work with the California Innocence Project. "I’ve always been interested in the Innocence Project," she said at the time. "I’ve actually watched lots of series and documentaries about wrongfully convicted people who have spent large amounts of time in jail and then have their convictions overturned by certain organizations, like the Innocence Project."
She also revealed the kind of work she's doing with the organization. "There’s different Innocence Projects in each state and city. It’s just been something that I really, really, really was interested in. And I always wanted to volunteer with them. But I always worked full time as an attorney and then now I just feel like I’m in a position where I’m not working as an attorney full time so I wanted to use the time, my downtime, to volunteer with them. So I reached out to them maybe like six months ago or something. So now I’m actually on their board," Emily said. "So, I do case review as far as cases that get submitted. And I’m on their board, so I’m gonna plan a fundraiser at some point, hopefully."
As you can see, Emily finally got the chance to host that fundraiser.
Earlier this summer, it was confirmed that Emily will return for Season 16 of RHOC, along with Gina Kirschenheiter and Shannon Storms Beador. At the time, it was also confirmed that Heather Dubrow will return to RHOC after several seasons away.
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