Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8628
    Sched. No.: 114820945

Innocence Project Clinic (YR)
Section 1
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Cardwell, Claire G.
Enright, Deirdre M.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1500-1700 (SL366)
Credits:4Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:12 **This information is current as of 09/16/2014 06:13:12 AM**
Current Enrollment:12 **This information is current as of 09/16/2014 06:13:12 AM**

Course Description:

Students in this yearlong clinic will investigate and litigate wrongful convictions of inmates throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Some of the cases will have forensic evidence (usually DNA) that could be tested, and some will be non-DNA cases. Preliminary cases will be assigned to individual clinic students for factual development and evaluation to determine whether or not the clinic should accept the case. The decision to accept or decline representation will be discussed and vetted with the full clinic and the final decision will be made by Professor Enright. Students work in teams of 3-4 to investigate and litigate on cases that the clinic accepts for representation. In every case, students will be directed and assisted by the clinic Professor, but as students demonstrate competence and confidence, they may earn the opportunity for greater independence. Although the clinic will have a classroom component, most time will be devoted to casework – interviewing potential clients and witnesses, general investigation, reviewing case files, collecting records, searching court files, and drafting pleadings. Students will likely be visiting inmates at correctional centers, and conducting investigation in a wide variety of socioeconomic settings accompanied by the clinic Professor, a private investigator, or, in some instances, another student.

Students should attempt to arrange their schedules to have at least one full weekday free for investigations. Some weekend and evening investigations will also be required. In addition, student teams will meet regularly with Professor Enright for supervision and direction. Students will earn eight credits for the year. Interested students should anticipate that the clinic will require a minimum of 15 hours per week and you will be expected to record your time on clinic timesheets. The hours required for clinic work will vary according to the demands of the cases. The professor will not always be able to predict or control when the cases will demand intensive hours, so flexibility is important. ONCE ENROLLED IN THE CLINIC, YOU MAY NOT DROP.

APPLICATIONS: Interested students must apply and be accepted to enroll in the clinic. To do so, please forward a resume, an unofficial transcript and a brief letter explaining your interest in the Innocence Project Clinic to Professor Deirdre Enright (
deirdre@virginia.edu) no later than May 16, 2014. Selected students will be notified via e-mail by 5 pm on May 23, 2014. Although grades and experience are relevant considerations, your motivation and commitment to this work will be the primary consideration in selecting clinic students. Remember that your letter of interest is our only source for evaluating those qualities. Although having a car is not a requirement for our clinic, it is relevant information; please indicate in your letter of interest whether you will have a car available next year.

ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE: Second- or third-year status. Criminal Procedure and Evidence recommended, but not required.
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Interviewing potential clients and witnesses, general investigation, reviewing case files, collecting records, searching court files, developing and implementing litigation strategies, and more.

Prerequisites:Second- or third-year status. Criminal Procedure and Evidence recommended, but not required.
This course is on the professional skills course list.