The new Pretrial Justice Clinic was highlighted in a Daily Record story, “New law school courses, clinics delve into criminal justice issues” (Aug. 15).
The clinic, led by Professor Colin Starger and clinical fellow Zina Makar, will focus on reforming the cash-bail system, as well as on other pretrial issues.
“Any time money is involved, it is going to unfairly affect people of low incomes,” Makar told the newspaper. “The Pretrial Justice Clinic hopes to remedy that situation.”
Starger emphasized that the clinic’s work was part of an effort to rein in practices that have led, and continue to lead, to mass incarceration.
Four 3Ls will take part in the inaugural Pretrial Justice Clinic class. The students’ “bread and butter” work will involve representing clients in challenging bail determinations, Starger said.