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Sarah E. YoungIntern DirectorLawndale Christian Legal Center1530 S. Hamlin AvenueChicago, IL 60623Phone: 773-823-7806, 202-591-9770Fax: 773-762-9121Syoung@lclc.net Notice to Applicants Lawndale Christian Legal Center does not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
This application gives you a chance to demonstrate that you have these skills. The essays are evaluated on both the persuasiveness of the content and the quality of the writing. There is no need to research the answers to any of the questions; we assume that no intern candidate has been trained in these matters. Your goal should be to produce thoughtful - not necessarily "correct" - essays that tell what you think and then persuasively explain why.
Antwon Jackson is a 17 year old African American young man who has lived in the Lawndale community is entire life. He is a Junior at North Lawndale High and plays football. Antwon is not in contact with his father. Antwon’s mother works as a certified nursing assistant. Antwon has three younger siblings and helps provide for his family. This is Antwon’s first criminal charge. Antwon is 6 feet tall, weighs 160 pounds, has a short haircut, medium complected skin, no facial hair, and a scar on his right cheek.
State’s proffer of facts:The State alleges that Antwon Jackson was walking Southbound on the 1500 block of Hamlin Avenue S at 4:00 pm when he pulled a nine millimeter hand gun and robbed 14 year old boy of his cell phone. Witness one reports that he was across the street and observed the robbery. The assailant ran northbound on Hamlin Avenue. Witness one called 911 and described the assailant as a black boy, approximately 19 years old, with short hair, and around 6’3 inches tall. Police were dispatched and enabled find my iphone using the complainant’s cellular information. The police tracked the iPhone to 1701 Douglas Blvd, Chicago IL. Police entered the residence and identified Antwon Jackson. The assailant, Antwon Jackson, had the cell phone in his possession. The police transported the assailant to the eleventh district for processing. The assailant invoked his Miranda rights and refused to provide a statement.
Defense Version:Client reports that he was at his girlfriend, Nia’s house, when the robbery occurred. Client’s friend, Marquise, came over to the house and client bought the cell phone from Marquise. Marquise is taller than client and has twists.
• Provide a theory of defense and an explanation of what the defense could say happened. What reasons can you provide to explain why the complainant may have identified your client as the suspect in this incident? What evidence or witnesses could you find to supplement your defense theory and explain why the complainant identified your client?• Outline the steps you would take to investigate the case for the defense. Be specific about whom you would interview, how you would find them, and what questions you would ask. Also, what other documents or evidence would you try to obtain to complete your investigation?
Is this tough burden a good idea? Do we want to let people go free when we have clear and convincing evidence against them? Why or why not? How would you change the burden?
Theoretically, at least, the defendant does not have to say or explain anything during the criminal justice process. Is it also a good idea for only the prosecution to have a burden of proof? What would some of the common sense implications be if we compelled a defendant to testify or give statements?