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Structural Challenges to Indigent Defense Systems
J.D. Practicum 1092 | 4 credit hours
The persistent underfunding of indigent defense systems in the United States throughout the past 50 years has been well documented in countless studies. According to recently promulgated American Bar Association Guidelines, public defenders can no longer accept unreasonable caseloads. Litigation is now pending in the Florida and Missouri Supreme Courts seeking to enforce these new ABA Guidelines. Professor Stephen Hanlon, has challenged unconstitutional indigent defense systems around the country for the past 15 years and currently represents the Missouri Public Defender in the challenge to that indigent defense system.
Prerequisites: Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Property, or their first-year elective). Prior or concurrent enrollment in Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure is required.
Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.
This is a 4 credit course. 2 credits will be awarded for the 2-hour weekly seminar and 2 credits for approximately 10 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Both the seminar portion and the supervised work will be graded.