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...]

Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Jessie Rehms (Fall 2015)

There’s No Place Like Home Dorothy waits in her house Waits to outlast the storm The storm lifts her   up up up then   down   down   down   Twists and turns Dorothy peers through the blinds Dust and debris Bodies suspend Hands grip the air   Silence, pause Quick inhalations And, SLAM   The ground is cold Her hands plant And she pushes up The world: similar But not the … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Sara Montgomery (Fall 2015)

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Remodeling Bathrooms and Representing Clients – Joshua Marshall (Fall 2015)

Bathroom Remodel and Representing a Client I decided to relate what I have learned in the Criminal Defense Clinic to remodeling bathroom.  My wife and I purchased a foreclosed house in 2013.  Throughout law school, we have remodeled the house.  Recently, we have been remodeling a bathroom, and I have concluded that the process is very similar to representing a client.  Below I will discuss the process of remodeling a bathroom and explain how it relates to what I have learned in the Criminal … [Read more...]

Reflections from the Criminal Defense Clinic – Sammantha Tillotson (Fall 2015)

Lessons  I’ll  Take  With  Me by  Sammantha  Tillotson I  wish   to  plant  a  single  rose, In  the  drab  grey  courthouse  where  nothing  grows Because  maybe  if  there  was  just  one  thing  that  grew, we  would  be  reminded  that  a  man  can  start  anew I  want  to  make  a  window  and  let  in  the  sun, maybe  then   we  will  see  a  man  as  more  than  the  worst  thing  he’s  done And  perhaps  just  one  single  piece  of  art, To  remind  us  of … [Read more...]

Ten Commandments of the CDC – Robert Hicks

COMES NOW Robert, prophet of dispensing legal aid to the poor and underserved, to promulgate the divine law of clinical criminal defense. Robert’s decree comes directly from the celestial mandate given by Gods Lasch, Walker Sterling, and Moran. The decree sets forth ten glorious commandments, as follows: I. Thou shalt act with the Rules of Professional Conduct in mind. II. Thou shalt always keep thy Court Rules on thy person. III. Thou shalt bring an investigator. IV. Thou shalt … [Read more...]