Life-Changing Court Cases

Students in the Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit can choose from a number of legal focus areas. We bring in specialized mentors, experts, lawyers and instructors for each focus area to assist students in researching and developing a legal defense for their real-life clients.

Top defense ideas/methods will be used in real court cases in the fall of 2018.

Each defendant represented by the Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit will receive a $6000 grant to put towards their actual court case. This grant can be used to pay for outside forensic testing, case examination by experts and will transform the clients’ ability to defend themselves in court.

The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an accused the right to representation by counsel in serious criminal prosecutions.

In the landmark 1963 case of Gideon v. Wainwright, the U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Constitution and held that a fundamental and essential prerequisite to a fair criminal justice system is the right to be defended by competent and effective lawyers. The court stated, “Reason and reflection require us to recognize that in our adversary system of criminal justice, any person haled into court, who is too poor to hire a lawyer, cannot be assured a fair trial unless counsel is provided for him. This seems to us to be an obvious truth.”

In addition, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, is codified at 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination or harassment based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. This law applies to both private and government employers. The prevailing party may also be entitled to reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. While this law has been on the books since the 1960s, much work for equality in the workplace remains. The #MeToo movement has become a prominent media and social focus in the months leading up to the Summer 2018 programs.

In the Summer 2018 programs, students on the Civil and Constitutional Rights track will work directly with a client and her counsels to protect their civil rights, and those similarly situated. The case teams will work on an employment dispute concerning a federal law enforcement officer who alleges widespread gender discrimination in hiring, recruitment and promotion in a federal law enforcement agency. This federal law enforcement agency has recently been the subject of significant media attention over sexual harassment and discrimination, as well as Congressional hearings. Students in this track will serve as legal interns to the client’s law firm. They will first meet with the client and her attorneys. They will then learn about federal discrimination laws, and theories of recovery for bringing such civil rights lawsuits. They will then conduct extensive case law research using legal databases, and draft case briefings for presentations during the week.

Students will also learn that in federal employment cases, advocacy on Capitol Hill may assist a client in bringing Congressional oversight to a federal agency that has engaged in questionable practices. After learning how to undertake such advocacy, students will head to Capitol Hill to visit their own Congressional or Senate members, in an effort to bring attention to the case at hand.

As the capstone of the weeklong legal internship, students will compete among themselves, and then present the best cases and legal theories to be included in the federal court complaint to the client and her attorneys. Students will then be able to see their hard work play out as the case becomes publicly filed in federal court, should the government not settle the dispute prior to suit being filed (anticipated filing of the lawsuit will be in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Fall 2018). If they are successful, they may also see how Congress reacts to their advocacy, potentially holding oversight hearings on the concerns they raised on Capitol Hill during their internships.

Types Of Case – Summer 2018Students Will Help Their Client As Plaintiff to Prepare a Civil Lawsuit for the Filing of An Actual Federal Court Case In the Fall of 2018
Nondiscrimination ProtectionsHelp enforce federal and state laws to protect people from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and ability
Program Participants Will Work Directly With Civil Rights Experts And Leading Defense Attorneys

White Collar Case

Recently, a number of white collar crime cases have been prevalent in the media. Persons who have been charged with a white collar crime such as bank fraud, computer tampering or hacking, wire or mail fraud may face consequences from a small fine up to many years in prison if they are convicted, and may face investigation or prosecution by both local and federal authorities. This makes it critical for those who have been accused to have representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

In Summer 2018, students who choose this track will work on a prominent white collar crime case pending in federal court by assisting as a criminal defense law firm’s summer interns. They will first meet with the client. They will then learn about conducting open source intelligence analysis of the case and facts, as they pertain to the client. They will then learn about how clients and witnesses generally testify in federal court, with a specific eye to learning about the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and federal courtroom practice in the DC metropolitan area, where there are three different trial courts. They will then assist the client and client’s attorneys in preparing the client for testimony in open court, and then preparing the client for cross-examination by the opposing counsel. In particular, the student interns will roll-play as opposing counsel and conduct cross-examinations of the client as the capstone of the weeklong internship.

Type Of Case – Summer 2018Students Will Help Their Clients Prepare In Federal Court for The Fall of 2018
White Collar CrimeIn a white collar crime case, the crime frequently takes place in the workplace.  Thus, white collar crime is also called occupational crime. Because of the potential consequences of the crime, the accused must have experienced counsel.  Through a proper defense strategy, a client’s legal jeopardy may be mitigated, addressed, or avoided.
Program Participants Will Work With Former federal law enforcement, defense lawyers and experts in criminal defense