Human Rights Law Review Releases Jailhouse Manual

For Immediate Release
Friday, March 18, 2005

Contact: Josh Kolsky
212 854-1601
[email protected]

***Event Advisory: Tuesday, March 22nd***

Columbia Human Rights Law Review Announces Release of Jailhouse Manual

NEW YORK, NY. - The Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR), an organization of Columbia Law Students, will celebrate the release of both the Sixth Edition of A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual and the Inaugural Edition of A Spanish Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual, at a book release party on March 22, 2005 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Low Library, Faculty Room, on Columbia University's campus.

A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual (JLM) is a handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use by the incarcerated. The book, written entirely by Columbia law students, explains legal concepts in a way that helps prisoners understand the legal system and advises prisoners about how to address specific problems related to their treatment in prison or their convictions. The JLM also instructs prisoners in legal research techniques and explains the need to take note of important legal developments. Since its first publication in 1978, A Jailhouse Lawyer's Manual has been used by tens of thousands of inmates in institutions across the country.

Columbia Law Professor Philip Genty will serve as the featured speaker at the release party. HRLR will recognize the Prisoners' Rights Project of Legal Aid, which has assisted in the preparation of the JLM, and other individuals who have contributed to the effort. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Book Release Party, the Sixth Edition of the JLM,
Inaugural Edition of the Spanish JLM

Tuesday, March 22, 2005 6-9 p.m.

Columbia University Low Library