The Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP), a student-initiated legal services project at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) supervised by our managing attorney Keith Wattley, appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Berkeley Law’s Transcript. Here is an excerpt of the article:
For most of society, prisoners are literally out of sight and out of mind. Not so for Ioana Tchoukleva ’14 and Katherine Katcher ’13, who help protect one of the few rights prisoners retain — to be considered for parole.
California “lifers” have a statutory right to counsel in parole hearings, yet most are represented by parole board-appointed lawyers who, for various reasons, often fail to provide competent representation. “Many of them meet their attorneys literally minutes before their parole hearings,” says Tchoukleva.
Enter Boalt’s new Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) — led by Tchoukleva and Katcher — which helps inmates navigate the parole process and assists them with appeals if they were denied parole. […]
P-CAP … is supervised by Oakland attorney Keith Wattley, who has overseen similar programs at UCLA and Stanford, and has worked on prisoner and parole cases for 15 years. […]
Katcher says the zealous counsel of Boalt students “vastly increases lifers’ chances of receiving a fair parole hearing.” In doing so, the students “strengthen their skills in client counseling and interviewing, legal research and writing, and oral argument.” […]