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Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty

Students will help defend indigent clients who are facing a death sentence at trial or awaiting execution after conviction. Death penalty defense is complex litigation, comprising many different and challenging tasks, and the work to be done will vary with the demands of the particular cases. Thus, 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 her work as a lawyer in her broader personal or political commitments.


Catalog Number: LITARB 735


Course History

Spring 2014
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6



Fall 2013
Title: Clinic Practice: Criminal Defense - The Death Penalty
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 6     Actual: 6



Fall 2011
Title: Clinic:Criminal Defense
Faculty: Owen, Robert C. (courses  |  homepage)
Section: 1     Type: Clinic     Credits: 4.0
Capacity: 4     Actual: 4