The six-credit course combines; 1) theoretical and practice components of criminal law and criminal process (such as theories of punishment; law enforcement discretion; race and the criminal justice system; the impact of crime, incarceration and reentry on families and communities; collateral consequences of criminal convictions; the stigma of a criminal record; juvenile reentry; women and reentry; and comparative perspectives on punishment and stigma); and 2) individual client representation, legislative advocacy, policy reform and research. The individual client representation is comprised mainly of expungement work. Student attorneys in this course will conduct weekly expungement workshops at the Northwest One Stop Reentry Center and represent individuals who are eligible to have their criminal records expunged, either in whole or in part. The legislative advocacy, policy reform and research vary by semester. Student attorneys have previously worked on several legislative bills (conducting research and providing oral and written testimony) that have, inter alia, sought to broaden expungement laws, extend voting rights to individuals with criminal records and enhance employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records. Policy projects have included efforts in Baltimore City to broaden employment opportunities for individuals with criminal records. The research projects have often been related to these legislative and policy efforts, but have sometimes been wholly separate from these projects. This course aims to integrate theory and practice by using legal work to understand and evaluate criminal law and, conversely, using legal theory to understand and evaluate practice. This course satisfies the Cardin Requirement.
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