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 . … [Read more...]

The Work Goes On – Mattson Smith (Fall 2014)

THE WORK GOES ON JUSTICE. What is it? How do we find it? How do we win it? Is it a verdict? A truth? A Principle we hold dear? Is it a joke? A punch line? An academic word with no practical use? What is JUSTICE? Is it the innocent man set free? Is it the guilty man locked away? Is it the rapping of a gavel, no matter the outcome? JUSTICE Maybe it is just a word. Maybe it is a concept. Something that was once true, but has since been lost Like Latin, or Saturday morning … [Read more...]

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

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Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Anthony Gallegos (Fall 2014)

Everything in the coat of arms is symbolic. Here's what everything means: The Shield: The shield stands for defense. It is colored grey, which stands for fortitude. The Swords: The swords stand for zealous advocacy. They are gilded in red and green which represent boldness and optimism. They are engraved with the words: Suppression and Due Process. Shield segments: The top segment is white to represent purity. It contains images of justice, including scales and a gavel. The lower shield … [Read more...]

CDC Fall 2014 (submitted by Amelia Power)

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Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Mark Cassell (Fall 2014)

CDC Rap Our clients are the focus of all our attention Client-centered lawyering is the driving force of our invention Preventing them from any continued detention Prosecutors think we hail from another dimension Since they can never beat us they fear losing their pension They act like water, relying on surface tension Appearing strong when something treds like a bug Until we lay it on them, and they stop appearing so smug Our clients can finally let out a sigh of relief When they … [Read more...]