The story of Betty Anne Waters, Roger Williams University School of Law ’98, just had to be a movie. Hilary Swank snagged the lead and heads an amazing cast in the upcoming movie ‘Conviction’. Ms. Waters is featured in the Summer 2010 Amicus, the magazine of the RWU School of Law. (The school is rightfully proud of this illustrious alumna, and must be pretty excited about this movie). According to IMDB the original choice to play the lead was Naomi Watts (I might have gone with Amy Ryan) and the filming was done in Ann Arbor (waaa).
The February issue of Rhode Island Monthly covered this incredible story. Betty’s brother Kenneth had been convicted in Massachusetts of a murder that occurred in 1980. Convinced of his innocence, she set her course.
Though she dropped out of high school as a teen, her crusade sent her back to the classroom, first at Community College of Rhode Island, then Rhode Island College, then Roger Williams University School of Law. She’s now a brand-new lawyer, with her brother as her only client.
What tenacity. That’s one helluva sister. I will not spoil the ending; Betty Anne Waters now works with the Innocence Project. The film is scheduled to be released this fall — should be quite an event around these parts.