Civil Rights and Amicus Clinic
The Civil Rights Amicus Clinic is a 6-credit, one-semester* course offered once each year that allows students to work on important, interesting civil rights issues pending before state and federal appeals courts. The clinic is taught by faculty and staff associated with the Law School's Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and it will be offered during the spring of 2017 on Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 p.m.
In past years, clinic students have worked on a wide range of issues. For example, they have drafted briefs challenging Arizona's ethnic studies ban; fighting bias in closing argument (Ninth Circuit) and the application of the death penalty (Washington Supreme Court); and arguing the need for diversity on medical school faculties (U.S. Supreme Court).
Students interested in the clinic should see the instructions for applying for the Civil Rights Amicus clinic, which require you to sign up for the clinic lottery and to submit an application. Please note the minimum grade requirements for applying for the clinic. All applicants must attend an information session or watch the video below.
For more information about the Civil Rights Amicus Clinic, including descriptions of the work of the Korematsu Center and copies of briefs written in its cases, explore the Korematsu Center webpage. You can also contact Lorraine Bannai or Jessica Levin.
*During some years, one team of students may take on a year-long representation to brief and argue a case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For an example of this type of representation, see the clinic's prior involvement in Hoisington v. Williams, in which fourth-year Seattle University law student Will Witherspoon argued against punitive conditions of confinement at the McNeil Island Special Commitment Center. See "A strong argument: Student impresses with Court of Appeals appearance." We will not be taking on a year-long Ninth Circuit representation during the 2016-17 academic year.