P. Capital Post Conviction Defense Practicum

Course Information

Course Number
L8520
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Racial, Economic, and Social Justice
Type
Practicum
Additional Attributes
New Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Alexis Hoag Associate Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law; Lecturer in Law

Section Description

The Capital Post-Conviction Defense (“CPCD”) Practicum will introduce students to the relevant law and practical issues that clients face when pursuing post-conviction relief from a sentence of death. We will examine common post-conviction claims for relief and the respective legal standards, how to pursue discovery, how to develop and investigate mitigation, and engage with post-conviction practitioners (a mitigation investigator, appellate counsel, and a mental health expert). The CPCD Practicum will also offer students the opportunity to assist a federal public defender office’s post-conviction advocacy on behalf of a death sentenced individual in federal court; help draft an amicus brief in support of death sentenced individuals in state court; and research the feasibility of mounting a statewide challenge to the death penalty under a state constitution. Alexis Hoag is a Research Scholar at Columbia Law School and the inaugural Practitioner-in-Residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil and Political Rights. To apply for permission to enroll, email Professor Hoag your CV and a brief statement of interest to [email protected] no later than Friday, December 6.

School Year & Semester
Spring 2020
Location
JGH 546
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Wednesday
4:20 - 6:10 pm
Points
2
Method of Evaluation
Other
J.D Writing Credit?
Minor (automatic)
Major (only upon concentration)

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in jurisprudential considerations in legal analysis
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in use of other disciplines in the analysis of legal problems and institutions, e.g., philosophy; economics,other social sciences; and cultural studies
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in ethical and professional issues
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, and client communication

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts
Other Limitations
To apply for permission to enroll, email Professor Hoag your CV and a brief statement of interest to [email protected] no later than Friday, December 6.

Additional Section for P. Capital Post Conviction Defense Practicum

Section 002

School Year & Semester

Spring 2020

Instructors

Alexis Hoag

Associate Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law; Lecturer in Law

Points

2
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