Curriculum

Litigation: Federal Habeas Litigation

B564 is taught by M. Ausbrook, S. Lahn

Students in this experiential course will work on active federal habeas corpus cases in the United States district courts and the Seventh Circuit, and occasionally in the Indiana appellate courts (on remand). After examining the fundamentals of habeas law and procedure in the first weeks of the course, we will analyze the records of clients statecourt convictions and investigate potentially meritorious claims; draft petitions, motions, and briefs; and prepare for live hearings and oral arguments. This handson experience will be especially useful for those planning to apply for jobs as federal law clerks; in state attorneys general offices; or in criminal defense. But it will also inform anyones understanding of the American justice system, including the current national policy debates about wrongful convictions, mass incarceration, and sentencing reform. Grading will be based on evaluations of students case work and class participation; there is no final exam. Enrollment is with the instructors permission; to apply, or for further information, please contact Prof. Michael Ausbrook, micausb@iu.edu, or Prof. Seth Lahn, slahn@indiana.edu.