Fighting Criminal (In)Justice, Building a Social Movement: Celebrating the Re-entry Clinic’s First Decade

February 6, 2019 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM


Formerly incarcerated persons face a myriad of challenges when they return to their communities and roles as parents, partners, and workers. Over the course of the past 10 years, 400 UCLA law students have volunteered their Saturdays in Watts, conducting intake interviews and providing legal consultation to 2,800 individuals. Under the supervision of volunteer attorneys (initially) or attorneys from A New Way of Life (three of them former re-entry clinic student volunteers themselves), they have collectively filed 8,400 post-conviction relief petitions with an 85% success rate. Join us to celebrate their work, to hear about the program's origins within CRS, and the hard-won victories of partnering with a grass roots community organization.