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Criminal Justice Clinic: Post-Conviction Project
4 credit hours (2 clinical and 2 academic), One semester, Fall or Spring
Each year, the Criminal Justice Clinic (CJC) receives more than 100 letters from prisoners declaring their innocence and requesting assistance in filing motions to win release. The Post-Conviction Project provides an opportunity for JD candidates to work – under supervision – as lawyers on behalf of these inmates.
Students review inmate letters and referrals, identify cases for further factual and legal development, and engage in fact investigation by tracking down paperwork, finding prior counsel, conducting prison interviews of clients, and locating and interviewing witnesses. Legal and factual investigation is geared toward filing motions under New York Criminal Procedure Law §440.10 based on newly discovered evidence.
Open to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. Criminal Procedure (Investigation) is required but may be taken simultaneously or waived at the discretion of the professor.
- Fight for Wrongfully Convicted (Podcast - Prof. Bernhard and her students discuss their clinical experience)