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Herschella G. Conyers : Courses and Seminars

Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic
LAWS 67213
The Project provides law and social work students the supervised opportunity to represent children and young adults accused of crime in juvenile and adult criminal court. Representation includes addressing the social, psychological and educational needs of our clients and their families. In addition to direct representation, students are involved in policy reform and public education including work with coalitions on issues of juvenile life without parole, youth violence, mass incarceration, and the collateral consequences of conviction.
Autumn 2015
Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
Intensive Trial Practice Workshop
LAWS 67503
This is a required class for participation in the Criminal Juvenile Justice, Employment Discrimination, Exoneration and Police Accountability Projects. This class is strongly recommended for participation in the Federal Criminal Justice Project. This class teaches trial preparation, trial advocacy, and strategy through a variety of teaching techniques, including lectures and demonstrations, but primarily through simulated trial exercises. Topics include opening statements, witness preparation, direct and cross examination, expert witnesses, objections at trial, and closing argument. Practicing lawyers and judges are enlisted to provide students with lectures and critiques from varied perspectives. The class concludes with a simulated jury trial presided over by sitting state and federal court judges. This class is open only to J.D. students entering their 3L year and limited to 48, with preference given to students who have been accepted into a Litigation Clinic. Completion of this class partially satisfies one of the requirements for admission to the trial bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Students who have taken Trial Advocacy (LAWS 67603), Poverty and Housing Law Clinic (LAWS 90512), or Trial Practice: Strategy and Advocacy (LAWS 91702) may not take this class. This class is offered for approximately six hours/day before the beginning of the Autumn Quarter. The Autumn 2015 Workshop is scheduled from 9/14 through 9/25, and the final trial is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. The student's grade is based on a compilation of daily performance evaluations. The credits count towards the Autumn 2015 total number of credits cap. The class does not count towards the 2015-2016 Seminars/Simulations classes cap.
Autumn 2015
Herschella G. Conyers
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic
LAWS 67213
The Project provides law and social work students the supervised opportunity to represent children and young adults accused of crime in juvenile and adult criminal court. Representation includes addressing the social, psychological and educational needs of our clients and their families. In addition to direct representation, students are involved in policy reform and public education including work with coalitions on issues of juvenile life without parole, youth violence, mass incarceration, and the collateral consequences of conviction.
Winter 2016
Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project Clinic
LAWS 67213
The Project provides law and social work students the supervised opportunity to represent children and young adults accused of crime in juvenile and adult criminal court. Representation includes addressing the social, psychological and educational needs of our clients and their families. In addition to direct representation, students are involved in policy reform and public education including work with coalitions on issues of juvenile life without parole, youth violence, mass incarceration, and the collateral consequences of conviction.
Spring 2016
Herschella G. Conyers, Randolph N. Stone
Life (and Death) in the Law
LAWS 99403
This seminar will explore the various definitions and valuations of life across diverse areas of the law. Readings will include seminal cases in reproductive rights, assisted suicide, right-to-die, and capital punishment. Background readings in related areas, i.e., scientific journals, papers, etc. will also be required. The seminar will discuss policy decision-making including actuarial analysis and social, medical and religious values inherent, implicit or ignored in the legal analysis. Students will be required to write two response papers, co-draft a statute in one area of law, and participate in jury deliberations. Grade will also be based on class participation.
Spring 2016
Herschella G. Conyers