Virtual Parole Hearing Victory: A Message from the Directors

On April 9 USC Gould School of Law student Simone Rudolf-Dib won a parole grant for her client at his initial youth offender hearing in PCJP’s first-ever virtual parole hearing. Her client was formerly sentenced to life without possibility of parole and commuted by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018. Like so many…

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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…


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…


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


Hitting the Ground Running: Stephanie Chen ’13 Discusses her First Parole Hearing

The Post-Conviction Justice Project gives USC Law students the invaluable opportunity to personally handle every aspect of a client’s parole process.  Upon starting work at PCJP in May of this year, I immediately began preparing a client for her fifth parole hearing.  Within less than two months, I was representing her before a Board of Parole Hearings commissioner, deputy commissioner, and a representative from the district attorney’s office.