California Western School of Law Offers Diverse Programs

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California Western programs enrich law school experience, community

As a law school devoted to the big picture, California Western hosts a number of institutes, centers and programs that enrich students’ law school experience while enabling California Western to have a substantive impact on the broader society. Professors and students involved in the programs shape real-life legal events — whether freeing wrongfully convicted inmates in California or offering pro bono legal advice to the indigent and underserved in San Diego.

The California Innocence Project is a clinical program dedicated to the release of wrongfully convicted inmates and providing an outstanding educational experience for the students enrolled in the clinic. Founded in 1999 as a part of the national network of Innocence Projects, CIP reviews more than 2,000 claims of innocence from California inmates each year.

Co-directed by Justin Brooks and Jan Stiglitz, with assistance from Litigation Coordinator Alex Simpson, the program has secured the release of five men serving a total of 75 years behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

Students who participate in the year-long clinic work alongside CIP staff attorneys on cases where there is strong evidence of factual innocence. They assist in investigation and litigation by locating and re-interviewing witnesses, examining new evidence, filing motions, securing experts and providing support to attorneys during evidentiary hearings and trials.

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