Health in Justice Action Lab at Northeastern University School of Law is an action laboratory guided by a vision of a healthier, more just society. We advance criminal justice reform through a public health lens. A few of our projects include creating a legal toolkit for defense attorneys facing drug-induced homicide cases, policy letters in support of supervised consumption sites, academic research on the overdose crisis.
Project Background: The Amicus Brief Project is working on writing amicus briefs in upcoming lawsuits that are influential issues the Lab is working on and/or cares about. Topics may include ADA discrimination cases against people with SUD, drug-induced homicide charges, criminal cases brought against people who use drugs, and involuntary commitment of people who use drugs.
Work description and deliverable: As a member of the team, you will be expected to work a minimum of 5 hours a week on the project. Working on the project includes researching and tracking upcoming cases that are relevant to the Labs work, legal and interdisciplinary research, writing of the brief(s), communications with the legal teams involved in the suits, and communications with organizations and individuals who would be potential amici.
Prerequisites (courses, languages): N/A, 2L or 3L
Timeline/Deadline: 9/7/21 through 12/17/21
# of students: 2
Estimated total hours: 70 hours (about 5 hours/week)
Attorney Supervisor Name: Jeremiah Goulka
Application instructions: Send resume and cover letter to Allison McBride at firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration by August 20th.