Misdemeanor Legal Clinic
Fall or spring semester: 4 credits
The Misdemeanor Clinic provides you with a vertical criminal defense representation experience. You will represent defendants in pending Illinois criminal misdemeanor cases from beginning to end. This includes the initial client interview; client education and advice at different stages of the case; all aspects of motion and trial preparation; case-specific legal research, investigation techniques and strategies; witness preparation; negotiation with the government; and preparation for a bench or jury trial. You will contribute to class sessions after reading assigned materials, attend weekly progress meetings with the professor, and participate in role-playing sessions. You are not only expected to work on your own case, but also to have a working knowledge of your colleagues' cases.
Robert Gevirtz is a partner in the Law Firm of Gevirtz and Born specializing in the practice of criminal law. He has been in the private practice of criminal law for over 20 years. Prior to that Mr. Gevirtz was a Cook County Public Defender for 17 years. In the Public Defender's Office he ws one of the original members of the Homicide Task Force and has held many supervisory positions in the office including 2nd Assistant Public Defender. He practices in both state and federal courts. He is qualified to try Death Penalty cases in both jurisdictions. He has taught Trial Advocacy at DePaul Law School, Loyola Law School and Kent College of Law. He has also been on the faculty of the Clarence Darrow Death Penalty Defense College at DePaul University.