TU's Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic and Its Recent "Assessing the Cost" Report
On this edition of ST, we learn about the Lobeck Taylor Family Advocacy Clinic at the TU College of Law, which is, per its web page, "an intensive, one-semester course that offers students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on lawyering experience and explore the ethical, strategic, and theoretical dimensions of legal practice. In the clinic, student attorneys engage the skills and values of effective lawyering by solving real-life legal problems in a structured learning environment." Our guests on today's show are Anna Carpenter, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at TU who also directs the Family Advocacy Clinic, and Quinn Cooper, a TU Law student who attended this clinic in the Spring 2014 semester and co-wrote the clinic's recent report on "Assessing the Cost: Criminal Fines, Court Costs, and Procedure versus Practice in Tulsa County." This report --- which you'll find a PDF link for here --- carefully studies Tulsa County's practice of jailing individuals who cannot pay (or have failed to pay) court costs, fines assessed due to criminal adjudications, and other legal debts.