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 the late Senior Ninth Circuit Judge Arthur L. Alarcón urged students to ask. Thanks to a series of live-client clinics that are part of his namesake center, Judge Alarcón'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 in this two-semester clinic work under the supervision of Laurie Levenson, David W. Burcham professor of Ethical Advocacy; Legal Director Paula Mitchell; and Program Director Adam Grant.  In Oct. 2011, the Project's clinic 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.  In November 2013, the Project secured the release of Kash Delano Register, who spent 34 years and 7 months in prison for a murder he did not commit.


Students in the Federal Public Defender (FPD) Capital Habeas Clinic work on habeas petitions and petitions for rehearing on behalf of defendants on California's death row. Over one semester, 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 typically visit their clients on death row at San Quentin State Prison alongside FPD attorneys over the course of the semester.


This two-semester clinic offers students intersted in appellate advocacy the opportunity to brief and argue an appeal that is pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Students in the clinic are appointed by the Court to represent clients—most often in civil rights and immigration cases—who are currently without representation and whose cases the Court believes would benefit from the assistance of counsel.