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CDPL

Criminal - Defense & Public Defender

Fall; Spring; Summer

Work Description

DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION:

The Center for Death Penalty Litigation is a non-profit law firm that provides direct representation to inmates on North Carolina’s death row, as well as consulting with and training attorneys who practice capital litigation across the state. CDPL’s commitment to representing indigent and disadvantaged defendants just as vigorously as corporate lawyers defend their highest-paying clients has saved the lives of many who faced execution. In addition to representing individual clients, CDPL spearheads litigation that addresses systemic injustices and educates the public about the death penalty. CDPL has been a leading force in dramatically reducing the number of executions in North Carolina, and has cast light on the arbitrariness and unfairness of our state’s capital punishment system. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF STUDENT WORK/PROJECTS:

In recent years, law student externs have visited clients on death row, traveled across the state interviewing witnesses and jurors, worked on clemency cases, assisted with research and writing of direct appeal and post-conviction claims, attended capital trials, and assisted at evidentiary hearings. We ask our externs to commit to being onsite one or two days per week in our office, which is located at 123 W. Main Street in downtown Durham.

 

COURSE OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS/PREFERENCES FOR STUDENT:  

The student will need legal research skills, a strong academic background, and an interest in indigent criminal defense or civil rights issues. Transportation to travel around the state a plus but not required.

 

UNC School of Law | Van Hecke-Wettach Hall | 160 Ridge Road, CB #3380 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380 | 919.962.5106


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