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Criminal Justice Up Close. From Jailhouse Lawyer to Law Student: The Story of Calvin Duncan

Date: 5:00pm - 6:30pm PDT September 27, 2018 Location: Council Chamber

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At age 19, Calvin Duncan was wrongfully convicted of murder. After serving over 28 years in Angola prison for a crime he did not commit, he was released in 2011. While incarcerated, Mr. Duncan learned the law and offered legal services to hundreds of fellow prisoners, including those on death row. Since his release, he has been awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship to vindicate the rights of incarcerated people and is the program director of The Light of Justice Program, which helps incarcerated people gain access to the courts.

Mr. Duncan is now applying to law school. He will discuss his remarkable journey, the challenges that incarcerated people face when trying to litigate from inside prison, and his ongoing efforts to create systemic reform in the indigent defense system.

This event is free and open to the public. Please go here for information on parking.

Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies, History, Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME),  the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), and History.

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