Rapper Common and PCJP Lobby for Criminal Justice Reform

USC Post-Conviction Justice Project Director Heidi Rummel joined the rapper Common to help shine a light on criminal justice bills – including  SB 394 which USC law students helped draft and promote.  They met with state lawmakers in Sacramento in conjunction with the Imagine Justice concert on the Capitol mall grounds featuring…

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PCJP Juvenile Justice Bills Become Law

In October 2017, two bills co-sponsored by USC's Post-Conviction Justice Project were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 1308 extends the Youth Offender Parole Process to age 25, and Senate Bill 394 eliminates life-without-parole sentences for children. Heidi Rummel, co-director of PCJP, and PCJP students have been…

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Three Major Victories for Gould Students

Law students in USC Gould’s Post-Conviction Justice Project (PCJP) recently celebrated three major victories after hard-fought battles in Superior Court, and before parole boards and district attorneys. Law students successfully persuaded a Sacramento County Superior Court to impose a parole-eligible sentence on Dwayne Thomas DeLuna, a client sentenced to life…

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A Life Beyond Prison

Convicted of a murder at age 18, Marvin Mutch spent 41 years in prison despite multiple appeals and valiant efforts by the California Innocence Project. Because he maintained his innocence, Marvin Mutch was denied parole at 21 hearings. That is, until last year, when the PCJP represented him at his…

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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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