The clinic provides or assists with the representation of people under sentence of death. Past and current clients include individuals from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Texas. While each client is unique, many of the clinic’s cases have involved issues of race, ethnicity, intellectual disability, and other severe mental impairments.
Our work has touched all stages of the criminal process, from trials and appeals, to state post-conviction and federal habeas corpus proceedings, to certiorari and merits-stage review in the Supreme Court of the United States. With the exception of oral argument, students have participated in all aspects of that representation.
Cases are selected for the clinic based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the presence of issues on which we may offer particular expertise or competence; opportunities to combine academic interests with the advancement of client goals; and opportunities to add value to existing legal teams while offering pedagogically rich experiences to student participants.