Adjunct Professors richard deloria, frederick heblich, james hingeley, elizabeth murtagh and janice redinger; 5 credits
The semester-long Criminal Defense Clinic is designed to provide a first-hand, experience-based study of the processes, techniques, strategy and responsibilities of legal representation at the trial level.
The casework component of the clinic will engage students in the representation of defendants in actual criminal cases in the local courts under the direct supervision of an experienced local criminal defense attorney.
The students themselves — not their supervising attorneys — will ordinarily perform all of the lawyering functions associated with their cases, including interviewing, investigation, research, negotiation and courtroom advocacy.
Regular supervisory conferences will guide the students’ casework and provide an opportunity for the integration of theory and practice. The full clinic will meet twice weekly in seminar sessions. The seminar meetings are designed to prepare the students for each aspect of their clinic casework and to provide a theoretical foundation for critical reflection concerning the lawyering process. The class format will vary and may occasionally feature workshop sessions employing simulation exercises.