A few years ago, a basic Innocence Project was started at the Law School under the supervision of a local attorney. Through this program, anywhere from 3-7 students meet with Mr. Reaves weekly and investigate cases involving people convicted of a felony such as murder or arson. Currently, the program does not handle Capital Defense cases.
The following guidelines apply to those interested in the program:
- The project requires a 2-quarter commitment.
- To participate, you must have completed your first-year classes.
- Preference will be given to students who have also taken advanced Criminal Law classes or will be taking one this summer.
- The weekly meetings are usually scheduled around 3:30-5:00 on Mondays, but the timing could vary depending on the quarter's course schedule.
- The project can be done for Externship credit (after receiving approval from Angela Cruseturner) or Pro Bono and Public Service Program hours.
For information on opportunities in Capital Defense Offices, visit Berkeley Law's site, where opportunities are broken down by state.