Court Observers Needed: Right to Counsel in Louisiana

Robert Boruchowitz, acclaimed national expert in the Sixth Amendment right to counsel, is leading a research project in need of law students to conduct criminal court observations during the weeks of January 3-6 and 9-13, 2017.  Students will conduct courtroom observations in pairs of two under the supervision of Boruchowitz and another experienced attorney. In-state travel will be required, but all expenses will be paid.  This is a rare opportunity for students to learn about the criminal justice system from one of the country’s leading experts and to meaningfully contribute to a study that will help reform the state’s broken indigent defense system. Students will be compensated at $10 an hour for the court observation.

Court observers will be responsible for performing the following tasks:

  • Read designated background and training materials;
  • Participate in a 2-hour webinar/training during the month of December;
  • Travel to pre-assigned courtrooms in Louisiana and observe criminal court proceedings from the audience each day for entirety of session;
  • Take detailed notes on observations during each day of  court;
  • Submit summary memos for each day of criminal court observations;
  • Be available for follow-up questions.

Participating students will receive:

  • Travel and meal allowances.

Prior knowledge of criminal law and procedure is appreciated but not necessary.

Interested students should submit a resume and unofficial transcript to Simone Levine, simone.levine@gmail.com . If students have questions, they should feel free to call 504 252 5598.

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