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Legal clinic immerses aspiring lawyers in the political process
Legal clinic immerses aspiring lawyers in the political process

William Richards' last hope for a new trial appeared to die in 2012, when the California Supreme Court narrowly upheld his murder conviction. Richard was convicted after an expert witness gave forensic testimony that was later discredited. Now Richards may get another day in court, thanks in part to some law students who managed to persuade the Legislature to overturn the state's top court. Meeting in a small classroom at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law one night each week, the students are part of an unusual clinic that teaches them to be advocates in the political arena instead of the courtroom. They brainstorm problems, draft proposed bills,...

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