New Parole and Reentry Clinic Off to a Good Start

Eight eager LSU Law students are taking part this semester in the new Parole and Reentry Clinic at the LSU Law Center. Law student representatives, working under a supervising attorney, are representing clients from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Dixon Correctional, the Barracks, Hunt Correctional, and the Louisiana Correctional Institution for Women before the Louisiana Board of Pardon and Parole.

With a strong interest in criminal defense, the Parole and Reentry Clinic was third-year law student Maggie Webster’s first choice for her last semester in law school. “As I had already taken Administrative Law, I was also interested in learning more about an administrative hearing,” said Webster. “I have learned a lot this semester about talking to actual clients, putting together briefs on their behalf and helping to articulate the cases to a panel in an honest and effective way.”

Professor Robert Lancaster, LSU Law Clinic Director, and Keith Nordyke (’79), Adjunct Clinical Professor, teach the clinic. The students have been busy learning the law and procedure, traveling to meet their clients in prison, investigating their cases, and preparing briefs and evidentiary packets. During the week of March 10, the Clinic had five hearings and the Committee granted parole in each instance.

The Parole and Reentry Clinic will be offered in fall 2014 and openings are available. Contact Professor Robert Lancaster if interested in enrolling.