Alarcón Advocacy Center
The Alarcón Advocacy Center provides opportunities for students to work in several post-conviction clinics. Those include the Project for the Innocent, which pursues claims of innocence on behalf of those wrongfully convicted.
In 2011, the program secured the release of its first client, Obie Anthony, who had served 17 years of a life sentence on a 1994 murder conviction. The program also includes the Capital Habeas Litigation Clinic, in which students pursue habeas claims with the office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California. Students’ work includes interviewing witnesses, assisting with hearings, drafting pleadings and writing claims.
Students in the center’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. The center will also offer continuing education on post-conviction work for lawyers.