Course Details

Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty

Students will help defend indigent clients in state and federal court who are facing execution. Death penalty defense is complex litigation, comprising many different and challenging tasks, and the work to be done will vary from case to case. Students may research, draft, and revise legal pleadings such as appellate briefs, trial motions, clemency petitions, and applications for habeas corpus relief. At the same time, they may contribute to investigation and fact development - visiting clients on death row, interviewing witnesses, and evaluating evidentiary documents. Students will help brainstorm case strategy, to develop lawyerly judgment. They will generally work in teams, giving them a chance to sharpen the skills that foster effective collaboration - not just with other lawyers, but with professionals in allied fields. All these activities will also give us a rich opportunity to examine the ethical concerns unique to capital defense work and client relations. They will also give us occasion to reflect on the ways in which one may ground work as a lawyer in broader personal or political commitments. Although this clinic focuses on litigation, we aim to emphasize the broad range of settings, from the traditional to the unconventional, in which dedicated and courageous advocacy is possible.

Catalog Number: LITARB 735
Additional Course Information: Experiential Learning


Course History

Fall 2018
Title: Clinic: Death Penalty Defense
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2018
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Fall 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2017
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 6

Fall 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 8     Actual: 8

Spring 2016
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6

Fall 2015
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6