Clinic: PreTrial Representation and Corrections Policy
Students in this section of the Clinic will represent indigent criminal defendants incarcerated in the Cook County Department of Corrections because of their inability to pay the bail amounts required for their pretrial release. Students will be assigned to represent individuals by submitting in writing and arguing in court motions to reduce set bail amounts to affordable levels or for release under agreed conditions. To prepare such motions, students will, at a minimum, interview their clients in jail, collect and verify critical facts, seek supporting documents and individuals, and explore available supervision, treatment, education or other suitable options. Students will also have the opportunity to use their experiences providing direct bail representation as the foundation for other policy-oriented advocacy projects designed to improve Cook County's criminal justice system, particularly its current pretrial release and bail-setting practices. Students may also become involved in efforts to safely decrease Illinois' prison population and reduce the state's overreliance on incarceration. Weekly class sessions will include case presentations, skill development training, and discussion of broad criminal justice issues, including identified systemic flaws and possible solutions. Skills students can expect to develop in this course include interviewing, counseling, investigation, creative problem-solving, and written and oral advocacy. This course is a collaborative effort with the Office of the Cook County Public Defender. Students are strongly recommended to reserve at least one class-free weekday. Registration requirements Enrollment is limited to second- and third-year JD candidates eligible to receive certification under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711. Evaluation method Quality of representation is the primary criterion for evaluation. Students are expected to be diligent, zealous and creative in the representation of their clients. Class Materials There will be reading assignments, but no required books. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Catalog Number: LITARB 736