Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation

Details

Course Code:
LAW 419
Units:
3
Grading:
Law Honors/Pass/R credit/Fail

Description

This seminar offers a unique opportunity to study criminal justice reform in real time. In this seminar, students read and analyze a variety of cases and articles, examining the evolution of incarceration and sentencing reform in California as a case study in the history, politics, practical considerations and legal regulation of sentencing and "mass incarceration" in the United States. 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 and engaging in active criminal justice policy analysis and advocacy. Over the five years, no other state has implemented more reforms to reduce its prison and jail populations than California. The Project has been intimately involved in this movement, leading ballot measures that implemented legislative reforms to reduce prison sentences and representing individual prisoners sentenced to life for nonviolent crimes under California's "Three Strikes" law. Based on this experience, the Project was recently asked by the White House 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. Student casework involves assistance with different stages of ongoing litigation in state and federal court. Students will visit a Project client in prison, conduct factual investigation in the field, and draft petitions on our clients' behalf. Students will also contribute to ongoing policy work to ensure the effective implementation of reforms impacting our clients, which include individual prisoners and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The Project is an active, fast-paced organization that depends on the hard work and contributions of law students enrolled in this seminar. This course 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

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 Degre.

  • Room: Law271

Future Offerings

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 Degre.

Past Offerings

2014-2015 Spring

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 419 Section 01 Class #30590

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: Writing Requirement for Law Degree. Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree.

2014-2015 Autumn

Three Strikes Project: Criminal Justice Reform & Individual Representation LAW 419 Section 01 Class #29894

  • 3 Units
  • Enrollment Limitations: Consent 10

Notes: Writing Requirement for Law Degree. Professional Writing Requirement for Law Degree.

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