PCJP Director and Student Win CLAY Award

USC Gould Prof. Heidi Rummel and Post-Conviction Justice Project student Scott Mills ’16 were awarded the 2016 “California  Lawyer Attorney of the Year” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal newspaper and California Lawyer magazine. The pair was recognized at a recent ceremony in San Francisco for their groundbreaking legal work in…

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PCJP and IHRC Mark Milestones

USC Gould’s oldest and newest clinics are celebrating milestones this year — the Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP) marks its 35th anniversary, and the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) turns 5 years old. Since 1981, the PCJP has offered hands-on legal training to nearly 1,000 USC law students, serving clients at…

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‘Real Clients, High Stakes’

Heidi Rummel is clinical professor of law and co-director with Prof. Michael Brennan of the Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP), which advocates for the legal rights of convicted prisoners. Prof. Rummel discussed the PCJP’s mission and work in parole, habeas petitions and resentencing cases, providing insights into the ways student-lawyers have…

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Doing Justice for Students and Clients

For the past three decades, USC Gould Professor Michael Brennan has mentored hundreds of fledgling lawyers. He has taught them how to be forceful when arguing in court, diligent when filing habeas petitions and sensitive when meeting nervous clients.  Regardless of where they are today, many alumni say they are…

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PCPJ Students Triumph

Just four weeks into the academic year, USC Gould’s Post-Conviction Justice Project is  celebrating  several significant victories. Students — and a recent graduate — successfully argued for a sentence reduction and parole grants for four deserving clients. READ THE ARTICLE

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When Things Come Together

Ask Kristen Bell about her favorite author, and she’ll respond with a deep laugh, as though she’s about to name someone whose work will seem inferior. But her answer is:”Dostoevski. I like 'The Brothers Karamazov' best. It’s very rich, both philosophically and psychologically, and [it’s] about the big questions we…

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Big Win for PCJP

A 74-year-old woman, known as “Mother Mary” to family and friends, was released from prison March 24 after serving 32 years for crimes committed by her batterer.  Mary Virginia Jones, represented by law students at USC’s Post-Conviction Justice Project, appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court. Dozens of family and friends…

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PCJP: Over 75 Lifers Released

For more than thirty years, the Post-Conviction Justice Project has represented thousands of clients before state and federal parole boards, and in both the state and federal court systems.  For the past twenty years, students in the Project have represented state prisoners, mostly women incarcerated at the California Institution for Women, serving life-term sentences for murder convictions.  Many committed crimes related to a history of physical or sexual abuse, and some were convicted for killing their abusers.  PCJP client Rose Parker, now Dr. Rose Parker-Sterling, was one of only three life-term inmates to be released on parole under then-Governor Gray Davis.  Her release in 2000 marked the first in an ever-growing number of PCJP clients to be released.

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