Students participating in the program will sign pleadings along with the supervising attorneys and represent the client in court, so they must be certified under Rule 38(d). Accordingly, only second-semester 2Ls and 3Ls are eligible.
This course is designed to give students theoretical and practical exposure to the problems faced of persons previously convicted of criminal offenses. The program has a classroom component and a representation component. Students in the clinic are certified under Rule 38(d) to represent persons with criminal convictions and, under the supervision of attorneys, assist them in filing motions to restore their civil rights, set aside their convictions, etc. The clinical work is not primarily aimed at developing litigation skills. Instead, it is to give students the opportunity to meet and work with persons with criminal convictions, learn about their situations, prepare court pleadings and handle brief court hearings.
The classes will cover the legal, policy and professional implications of reentry and the loss of civil rights, as well as an introduction to interviewing clients and representing them in court.
No books required.
The writing consists of court pleadings for restoration of rights, set aside convictions, etc. Students are expected to write multiple drafts of each motion. Supervising attorneys will be expected to give feedback and commentary on the students' drafts.
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Attendance, participation and written work.
This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.