Actus Reus

ac·tus re·us \ˈak-təs-ˈrē-əs, ˈäk-tu̇s-ˈrā-u̇s\

noun : the wrongful act that makes up the physical action of a crime

Latin: guilty act

Southern Center for Human Rights hiring for death penalty attorney position

The Southern Center for Human Rights is currently accepting applications for a new death penalty attorney.  Attorneys at all stages of their career, including 3Ls with criminal defense experience, are invited to apply. The deadline to apply is Sunday August 28, 2016. The job description and application requirements are available here. … [Read more...]

Public Defenders, Class of 2015 (submitted by Amelia Power)

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Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Heather Kuhlman (Spring 2014)

Some thoughts as the semester comes to a close… First, lets start with the good. I loved the clinic; it’s the best thing I’ve done so far in school as evidenced by this clip from my plea to Professor Lasch to allow me to stay in the clinic for one more semester: Being in the classroom has a time and a place but after next year I won’t be in the classroom anymore. What I will be doing is practicing law (assuming I pass the bar) and the only place in school I’ve learned anything about the … [Read more...]

CDC Spring 2014 (submitted by Amelia Power)

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Dear Judges and Prosecutors – Annie Woods (Spring 2014)

Dear Judges and Prosecutors (especially those of you in Aurora Municipal Court), I write you this letter because, based on our interactions, I know that many of you do not respect me. You believe that I am a clueless law student (which, I admit, is very true), and that if you lecture me about the “real world,” give me some patronizing advice, and tell me how you think things should be done, that I will acquiesce and stop bothering you. I write to tell you that I will not stop, and I write to … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Sara Fitouri (Spring 2014)

 “Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons. We who believe in freedom cannot rest, We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it’s won.” -Ellie’s Song http://ellabakercenter.org/blog/2013/12/ellas-song-we-who-believe-in-freedom-cannot-rest-until-it-comes   Waiting in line for security at the Aurora Court house, we began to play “juror or not juror” a game where we would guess if the people coming … [Read more...]