Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation

Details

Course Code:
LAW 2008
Units:
3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail

Description

(Formerly Law 419) This seminar offers an opportunity to study mass incarceration and criminal justice reform in real time. California has been at the forefront of political movements leading to the era of mass incarceration and is now leading the trend in the opposite direction. In this seminar students read and analyze a variety of cases and articles, examining the evolution of incarceration and sentencing reform and assist with related ongoing research, public policy analysis advocacy, and live litigation on behalf of inmates sentenced to life in prison for nonviolent crimes. The class focuses largely on California's 'Three Strikes' recidivist sentencing law as a case study in the history, politics, constitutional doctrine, practical considerations and legal regulation of sentencing policy throughout the country. Students will also test their skills in the field by assisting with the representation of individual inmates sentenced to long prison terms for nonviolent crimes in state and federal courts. The Project has been intimately involved in the movement to reduce incarceration in California, leading ballot measures that implemented legislative reforms to shorten prison sentences and representing individual prisoners sentenced to life for nonviolent crimes. Based on this experience, the Project recently partnered with the Obama administration to support prisoners who receive sentence commutations from the President. Students enrolled in the seminar are involved in all aspects of the Project's work, including assistance with different stages of ongoing litigation. Students will visit a Project client in prison, conduct factual investigations, and draft petitions on our clients' behalf. The Project is an active, fast-paced organization that depends on the hard work and contributions of law students enrolled in this seminar. This seminar offers the opportunity to both study the theory behind the law and to hone practical litigation and advocacy skills in and out of the courtroom. The seminar will meet for 3 hours per week. Students will also meet for 1 hour individually and in teams with Project director Mike Romano each week to discuss their work on their projects. CONSENT APPLICATION: Interested students must apply to enroll in the seminar by sending a one-page statement of interest and resume by email with the subject line "application" to Mike Romano (mromano@stanford.edu). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Elements used in grading: Class Participation, Attendance, Written Assignments.

Current Offerings

2017-2018 Autumn

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 2008 Section 01 Class #19719

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree. EL -Experiential Learning Requirement for Law Deg.

  • Wed
  • Room: Law271

Future Offerings

2017-2018 Spring

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 2008 Section 01 Class #20905

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree. EL -Experiential Learning Requirement for Law Deg.

  • Wed

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 2008 Section 01 Class #32012

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree. EL -Experiential Learning Requirement for Law Deg.

2016-2017 Autumn

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 2008 Section 01 Class #29219

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree.

2015-2016 Spring

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 419 Section 01 Class #16402

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree.

2015-2016 Winter

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 419 Section 01 Class #45697

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: PW-Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree.

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