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

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

Anthony Gallegos reflection

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 segments are colored blue and purple, which represent fidelity and wisdom. Fidelity relates to our obligation to keep our client’s confidences. Wisdom relates to our obligation to advise our clients. One segment depicts a curtain being pulled back, and a prosecutor shredding documents. This represents my feelings about prosecutorial sketchiness. Another segment depicts a group of lawyers standing behind a client who stands prominently in front. This represents client-centered advocacy. Another segment depicts a scroll with Amendments IV, V, VI, and XIV. This represents the prominent constitutional provisions we used this semester. The final segment depicts an investigator and a stack of books. This represents preparation and diligence. The shield is inscribed with the phrase: “File in curia. Interoga pro gratia. Request a conventus.” This is latin. It translates into our mantra: “File a motion. Seek discovery. Request a hearing.”

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