Summer I 2020
5424 Death Penalty Clinic - DOW/JEU/NEWBERRY- 15435

Professor(s): David Dow (FACULTY)
Cassandra Jeu (CLINICAL FACULTY)
Jeffrey Newberry (CLINICAL FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships 
Constitutional and Criminal Law

Time: 4:00p-5:30p  MW  Location:  

Course Outline: If UH mandates during this term that alternate delivery of courses is required, as occurred during Spring of 2020, please note that this course may be delivered via distance education and/or primarily electronic interaction.

Death Penalty Clinic explores the substantive law, investigative techniques, and post-conviction appellate remedies applicable in capital (death penalty) and non-capital cases. Lectures will cover topics such as: Texas criminal statutes, state/federal habeas law, clemency proceedings, investigative techniques, and capital trial strategy. In addition to attending lectures, students work on actual cases. Students investigate claims related to the guilt-innocence and punishment phases of capital murder trials and assist attorneys in investigating and researching legal claims.

Although the same substantive material is covered in both Innocence Investigations and Death Penalty Clinic, the classes differ in terms of the type of case work performed by students. Death Penalty Clinic students work solely on cases where a criminal defendant has been convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death. In many of these cases, the defendant has a pending execution date. Consequently, it is vital that Death Penalty Clinic students adhere to deadlines set by the course instructor.

NO BOOK FOR THIS COURSE.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   Quota = 8 Death Penalty Clinic and Innocence Investigations meeting the same classroom. STUDENTS CAN REGISTER FOR EITHER INNOCENCE INVESTIGATIONS OR DEATH PENALTY CLINIC, BUT CANNOT REGISTER FOR BOTH DURING A SINGLE SEMESTER. However, students are permitted to take Death Penalty Clinic, then Innocence Investigations some subsequent semester (or vice versa) for a total of six substantive credit hours. Please direct any questions to Professor Cassandra Jeu."

Prerequisites: Yes  Completion of Criminal Law and Constitutional Law, as well as a pre-registration interview with the course instructor (e-mail ccjeu@central.uh.edu for scheduling).

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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

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