Students participating in the program will sign pleadings along with the supervising attorneys and represent clients in court, so they must be certified under Rule 38(d). Accordingly, only second-semester 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible.
The Civil Rights Restoration Clinic represents ex-offenders in seeking restoration of civil rights, setting aside of convictions, designations of Class 6 offenses, etc. Each student handles a number of cases which entails interviewing clients, gathering the necessary documentation, drafting pleadings, making court appearances, etc. Through representing ex-offenders, students learn of the obstacles facing people with criminal convictions and the various collateral consequences flowing from such convictions. The classroom component covers the legal, policy and professional implications of re-entry and of being an ex-offender in our society today. In class, students learn about the statutes and the process related to the clinical work, strategize about cases being handled by the clinic and hear from various people involved in the issues facing the clinic such as lawyers, judges, court personnel, social workers, ex-offenders, etc.
The writing consist of drafting court pleadings (motions, orders, etc). Students are expected to write multiple drafts as necessary. Supervising attorneys provide feedback and commentary on the student's drafts.
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Attendance, participation and written work.