Prisoners’ Rights

Under the close supervision of two experienced practitioners, students develop and refine advocacy skills while representing prisoners in Massachusetts. Typically, each student handles both an adversarial proceeding (a disciplinary hearing) and a non-adversarial proceeding (parole-related hearing or classification hearing) from beginning to end.

Through this experience, students learn how to properly conduct client/witness interviews and thorough factual investigations, examine and cross-examine witnesses effectively and make persuasive opening and closing statements. Students also learn how to write winning administrative appeals. In addition, the clinic presents a survey of the constitutional law relating to the sentencing process and the rights of prisoners while incarcerated and on parole.

For more information contact:
Professor Wallace E. Holohan
(617) 373-3628