Obie Anthony is released from prison thanks to the efforts of the students in Loyola's Project for the Innocent.

Alarcón Advocacy Center

"Who needs my help today?" That's the question Judge Arthur L. Alarcón, senior circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, urged students to ask. And thanks to a series of clinics that are part of his namesake center, Alarcon's question is being asked by dozens of Loyola students on a daily basis.


The Project for the Innocent pursues claims of actual innocence on behalf of those wrongfully convicted of crimes. Students work under the supervision of Laurie Levenson, David W. Burcham professor of Ethical Advocacy; Clinical Professor Lara Bazelon; and Adam Grant, senior legal fellow. In Oct. 2011, Project for the Innocent students helped secure the release of Obie Anthony (pictured above), a man wrongfully convicted of murder who served 17 years of a life sentence. The project investigated the cases, helped draft the petiition and participated in the 2011 evidentiary hearing.


Students in Loyola's Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic work in concert with the Office of the Federal Public Defender (FPD) for the Central District of California on habeas petitions and petitions for rehearing on behalf of defendants on California's death row. Clinic students work as part of a team of attorneys, investigators and paralegals in the FPD's Capital Habeas Unit, researching and writing claims. Students generally end their semester with the FPD by visiting death row at San Quentin State Prison alongside FPD attorneys.


Students in Loyola's Pro Se Clinic have the opportunity to handle prisoners' civil rights cases before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  Under the supervision of the clinical faculty, the students represent inmates alleging constitutional violations during their period of incarceration.