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College of Law

Clinic: Defender Aid Program

Course Number: 6930
Professor: Julianne Gern
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 3
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required: No
Prerequisites: Successful completion of two-years of law school (must include Professional Responsibility & Evidence).
Recommended Courses: Criminal Adjudication and Criminal Procedure

Course Overview: The Defender Aid Program provides representation to indigent persons convicted of felonies in the Wyoming state courts. We represent clients on direct appeal from their convictions, prepare motions for sentence reduction, and handle other post-conviction matters in state and federal court.

The program has two purposes: first, to give Student Attorneys practical experience in the area of criminal law, and second, to assist indigent people in the state of Wyoming with the highest quality legal services and representation in the area of criminal law. This means providing not just the minimal effective assistance of counsel, but zealous advocacy within the bounds of the law. Ideally, these two purposes can be achieved harmoniously; however, at all times the clients interests are paramount.

Course Format: Clinical program. Students are required to put in at least one hundred fifty hours per semester to obtain clinic credit.  This includes one-two hours per week of classroom instruction on procedural and substantive matters related to representation, three hours per week of office hours, and whatever time is necessary to fulfill your obligations in the actual representation of clients.
Written Assignments: May include client letters, motions, briefs, and other post-conviction petitions and pleadings.
Type of Exam: N/A
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Summer 2015 is S/U grade. Beginning Fall 2015 letter grading. Students are expected to perform 150 hours of coursework and to perform assigned casework in a competent and timely fashion.
Other Comments: Requires third year standing. Enrollment is limited to 8 students, 7 determined on a first-come, first-served basis by registration. If the registration is oversubscribed additional students will be placed on a waitlist. Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, Criminal Procedure and/or Criminal Adjudication strongly recommended.

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