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Assist an appellate public defender in representing, pro bono, a person convicted of crimes committed as a youth, in seeking resentencing through the Washington state equivalent of a writ of habeas corpus. The project is to research, prepare, draft, and file a pleading or pleadings in one of the
Washington state Courts of Appeals, seeking the state equivalent of a petition for writ of habeas corpus. The client is in prison and our goal would be to ask for resentencing based on the client’s youth at the time of the crimes. The project will involve aspects of criminal and constitutional
law. The student(s) will also be looking at some recent developments in neuroscience and policy about how our justice system should treat youthful offenders.

Student(s) must have taken Constitutional Law, Criminal Law is a plus. Training (all virtual) to include an overview of Washington state appellate practice in general, the state habeas procedures, overview of the relevant criminal law and constitutional law, training on recent neuroscience relating to the developing brain and how that science is being used in criminal law, and how to communicate and work with a client who is in custody. Training hours estimated to be 8-10 hours total (not counted toward fifty hour requirement)

The approximate total number of work hours anticipated for the project: 60

Start Date: any time after 2/14/2021 Anticipated End Date: 5/2022 Please note: the case will last as long as the Court of Appeals chooses to take with it, once it is filed, so this is an estimate. The student(s) are not obligated to remain on for the entire case once the required hours are completed. The bulk of the hours will be put in up front.

Eligible for HLS pro bono. Student(s) will not be paid directly but if student is eligible for “Rule 9 legal intern” status and wants to have that status so they can sign the legal pleadings and have their name on any decision, there is a $50 fee, which supervisor will pay to the state bar on the student(s)’ behalf, directly.

If you have good writing and research skills, have taken Constitutional Law, and have a willingness to work
on behalf of an incarcerated individual, please send a resume and email with a brief explanation
of why you are interested to Kathryn A. Russell Selk at with a cc: to Lee Mestre in the HLS Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.