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Freedman Fellows Program

Spring Break 2016

Six students worked in partnership with the MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans on more than 70 habeas corpus petitions for indigent pretrial detainees who had no counsel.

Essay by David Kline ’16 (PDF)

Winter Break 2016-17

Four students will spend winter break in selected parishes in Louisiana to assist criminal justice expert witnesses in gathering data about the failures of Louisiana’s criminal justice system.

The students’ work is for a case challenging the significant lack of funding statewide for indigent defense in Louisiana that results in pervasive deprivation of the right to counsel for the vast majority of defendants.

The suit will be brought in early 2017 by the law firms Davis Polk and Jones Walker in conjunction with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the Southern Poverty Law Center.