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In introducing Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams to his professional responsibility classmates, James Hendershot '14 said that Williams personifies the characteristics of a professionally responsible prosecutor the class had been studying. "We have learned that a prosecutor is more than just an advocate for victims of crime, but a minister of justice.
Students in the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic are awaiting a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Vance v. Ball State University, which could have a widespread impact on how employment discrimination cases are handled throughout the country. At issue in the case is whether the person who allegedly harassed Vance qualifies as a "supervisor" under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Across the bay from the University of California at Santa Cruz where Geoff Trautman ’13 studied politics as an undergraduate, the Watsonville office of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) serves the state’s rural poor. Trautman works there providing legal support to the rural residents of Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.
Captivated by tales his grandfather would share with him as a child, Bradley Tritsch '14 said he has always enjoyed interaction with older adults. In middle school, he started playing with a community band that visited local nursing homes and performed for the residents. “I didn’t want to just be working on the law. I feel it’s important to connect with the people I’m serving and to hear their stories,” Tritsch said.
At least 300 wrongfully convicted individuals nationwide have been exonerated and freed from prison thanks to the efforts of various Innocence Projects in the United States. This summer, Kristi Martel ’13 is helping to increase that number as an intern at the Montana Innocence Project.
On behalf of their client, the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center (LAC), students from the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights contributed to the production of a report on immigrant access to legal counsel released today. Behind Closed Doors: An overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel concludes that the Department of Homeland Security’s immigration agencies —