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.