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Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic

About the Clinic

Students in the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic (CJAC) represent individuals and organizations affected by the criminal legal system. The clinic docket consists of a mix of policy and community advocacy, direct representation, and impact litigation. Students may represent individuals in federal courts, state courts, and administrative proceedings. Students in this clinic may also engage in legislative or administrative advocacy at the local and state level.

CJAC exposes students to various advocacy methods in criminal legal system reform, and employs a number of lawyering models in its pedagogy.

The work of the CJAC is supported by the Millstone Fund for Criminal Justice Reform.

Instructors:

Miriam Gohara

Marisol Orihuela

Daniel Loehr

Cases:

Whitted v. Easter

Resources:

Sentence Modification in Connecticut: A Guide for Those Navigating the §53a-39 Process

This guide details the 53a-39 sentence modification process, and includes information on gathering and organizing the materials necessary to create the most compelling petition possible. It outlines the ways in which supporters can be most helpful to a person seeking a sentence modification and provides the information, templates, and official forms necessary to navigate the sentence modification process.

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