Defender Aid Clinic

Legal Clinics

Faculty Supervisor: Meredith Esser

Professor Meredith EsserThe Defender Aid Clinic (DAC) has historically represented people unable to afford counsel at all stages of the criminal legal process across the state of Wyoming, in both the state and federal district courts.

Currently, the DAC focuses on post-conviction litigation and early release efforts, including pursuing sentence reduction motions, habeas corpus motions, motions to correct illegal sentences, and post-conviction claims of legal innocence for state and federal defendants. A large portion of the DAC's docket is also focused on sentencing advocacy and sentencing mitigation in the post-conviction context. 

Students who enroll in the DAC can expect to take on substantial responsibility for litigating a post-conviction case and to travel to penal institutions throughout the state for the purpose of meeting, interviewing, and counseling clients on a variety of legal matters. Students in the clinic are the primary points of contact for DAC clients and other outside entities such as prosecutors, prison officials, and members of the Board of Parole. Students can also expect to get significant experience with client interviewing and counseling, negotiating with opposing parties, and legal research and writing. 


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

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Faculty Director

Meredith Esser
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Student Director

Sarah Kelley
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Contact the Defender Aid Clinic

Phone: 307-766-3223
Interested in supporting the Defender Aid Clinic?

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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Contact Us

College of Law

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-6416

Fax: 307-766-6417


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