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Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Reform Clinic

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2017-2018 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2017-2018

Under the supervision of Professor Aliza Kaplan, the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic offers an exciting opportunity for students to get hands-on legal experience while engaging in a critical examination of and participation in important and complex issues in the criminal justice system.

Students involved in the 2017-2018 clinic will have an opportunity to work on a variety of case work and issues including clemency and commutation, prison litigation, immigration and refugee status, mental illness and incarceration, non-unanimous juries and removing the criminal related barriers that keep individuals in poverty.

In addition to direct client casework, students will have the opportunity to advance criminal justice reform working with Professor Kaplan and in collaboration with attorneys and organizations such as the ACLU of Oregon, Disability Rights Oregon and Metropolitan Public Defender on various research and data driven projects and reports, briefs, and legislative initiatives. Students involved in the Clinic will have the opportunity to conduct investigations; conduct legal/fact research and analysis; write motions, briefs and reports; interview and advise clients; attend legal and legislative meetings and hearings; and meet and participate in strategy sessions with members of the bar, the judiciary and community leaders. Students will also benefit from guest lectures by experienced attorneys, former clients, and allied professionals (e.g., psychologists, legislators, law enforcement, activists).

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic is open to second and third year law students by application available here. There are no course prerequisites for this Clinic but taking Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure 2 prior to or concurrently with their clinic experience is recommended. The Clinic plans to offer 10-12 students an opportunity for intensive study and actual experience in criminal justice advocacy during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic is a yearlong clinic for which students will earn 8 credits with grading on a credit/no credit basis. Students will participate in a weekly 1- hour seminar class covering substantive issues and lawyering skills. A portion of the class will include opportunities to discuss their clients and/or projects with the group. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect on various aspects of their Clinic experience. Separate from the class and reflection, students will be required to work at least 14 hours per week on clinic work and to meet regularly with Clinic supervisors to discuss their work and progress.

Students may request permission to complete the WIE writing requirement in this Clinic.

2016-2017

Under the supervision of Professor Aliza Kaplan and in collaboration with the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC), the Criminal Justice Reform Clinic offers an exciting opportunity for students to engage in a critical examination of and participation in important and complex issues in the criminal justice system.

The Oregon Justice Resource Center currently manages several innovative projects. Students will have an opportunity to learn about and work on cases/issues related to innocence through the Oregon Innocence Project, advancing criminal justice reform (including appellate advocacy) through the Criminal Justice Project or post incarceration prisoner reentry through the Reentry Law Project. Students involved in the Clinic will have the opportunity to conduct investigations; conduct legal/fact research and analysis; write motions, briefs and reports for filing in state trial and appellate courts; interview and advise clients; attend legal and legislative meetings and hearings; and meet and participate in strategy sessions with members of the bar, the judiciary and community leaders. Students will also benefit from guest lectures by experienced attorneys, former clients, and allied professionals (e.g., psychologists, legislators, law enforcement, activists).

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic is open to second and third year law students by application. Students should rank their interest in the three OJRC projects (1, 2, 3). There are no course prerequisites for this Clinic but OJRC recommends that students take Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure 2 prior to or concurrently with their clinic experience. The Clinic plans to offer 10-12 students an opportunity for intensive study and actual experience in criminal justice advocacy during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Criminal Justice Reform Clinic is a yearlong clinic for which students will earn 6 credits with grading on a pass/fail basis. Students will participate in a weekly 2- hour seminar class covering substantive issues and lawyering skills. A portion of the class will include opportunities to discuss their clients and/or projects with the group. Students will also have an opportunity to reflect on various aspects of their Clinic experience. Separate from the class and journaling, students will be required to work at least 10 hours per week on clinic work and to meet regularly with the Clinic Director to discuss their work and journals.

Students may request permission to complete the WIE writing requirement in this Clinic.