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Defender Aid Clinic

Legal Clinics

Faculty Supervisor: Lauren McLane


The University of Wyoming, College of Law Defender Aid Clinic is a statewide legal assistance program for individuals who have been accused or convicted of crimes and cannot afford counsel. Under the supervision of our Faculty Director, law students investigate, research, and litigate cases in a variety of stages of criminal defense practice. The scope of Defender Aid’s work includes, innocence claims made by Wyoming state prisoners (in collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center), direct appeals, and other post-conviction relief. In Spring 2019, Defender Aid plans to begin pre-conviction, trial work in a local jurisdiction located near the university

Our mission at the Defender Aid Clinic is twofold: first and foremost, to zealously and creatively serve and defend individuals accused or convicted of crimes in the state of Wyoming who are unable to afford counsel and, second, to provide law students with a world-class legal education through practical application of their skills and knowledge in courts. We also seek and strive to challenge the underlying causes of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice through our research, writing, training, policy work, and litigation.

The Defender Aid Clinic also includes a classroom component of weekly sessions covering such topics as various aspects of criminal law and procedure, ethical issues, client relations, and effective trial and appellate advocacy.

The Defender Aid Clinic operates throughout the year, during both semesters of the academic year and through the summer.  During the school year, students enroll in the Program for academic credit, earning three hours each semester for working not less than 150 hours.  In the summer, most of the students are employed through the work-study program, and work full time. 

* All clinics are subject to change in terms of content, caseload, and specific course focus in any given year.

faculty Director

Faculty Director

College of Law

Lauren McLane >
Student Director

Student Director

Matthew Klein >
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Clinical News

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Course Files



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Defender Aid Clinic

Phone: 307-766-3223


“Justice Talks in Wyoming” is presented by the University of Wyoming, College of Law Defender Aid Clinic. Our mission is to educate the public about serious issues within the nation’s criminal justice system. Our intention is to critically analyze, investigate, and scrutinize the criminal justice system and the law through our research and interviews.

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You can make a charitable gift directly to the Clinic to ensure that it can continue to operate and do extraordinary work.

Be sure to indicate that you'd like your gift to go to the Diane Courselle Memorial Clinic Fund

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1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6416

Fax: 307-766-6417


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