What is Effective Advocacy?
An effective advocate is a storyteller who grabs the audience by the throat in the first 11 seconds and never lets go with a narrative that coheres and counters the opposing side's version of events. The successful lawyer conveys the humanity and pathos of the client without condescension or appropriation.
That is the advocate I have always strived to be. It is the advocate I teach my students to become at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where we represent indigent clients charged with misdemeanor offenses, represent prisoners in youthful offender parole hearings, and advocate more broadly for racial justice by taking on longer-term impact projects.
Last October, after 15 months of litigation, we got a dismissal for a client who we don't believe ever should have been charged in the first place.
I teach my students how to be trial lawyers--skills I learned during my seven years as a federal public defender. I brought those skills to the Loyola Law School Project for the Innocent, which I directed from 2012-2015. In 2013, the Project freed Kash Delano Register (pictured at left), who spent 34 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. To read more about Kash Register's case, click on the articles posted below.
Kash Delano Register will be released after being convicted of the killing mainly on the testimony of a witness who has been discredited.
NOV 7th 2013