Collateral Consequences Project

The Collateral Consequences Project (CCP), a project under the Gender and Family Justice Clinic, focuses on issues around our community that may hamper people’s ability to reenter society because of their criminal histories. Collateral consequences affect individuals and their families as they navigate reentry. CCP students may work on voting rights restoration and access to adequate housing and/or employment opportunities, among other important legal and community issues. Through course readings, assignments, client representation, and community outreach, CCP strengthens students’ legal advocacy, research and writing, and analytical skills. Please fill out an application if you are interested in enrolling in CCP. The clinic is directed by Clinical Professor Carla Laroche.

CCP’s recent focus has been on the voting rights of individuals with felony records and our recent advocacy efforts include:

  • Co-drafting and filing an amicus brief in Florida Supreme Court matter explaining impact the disenfranchisement of people with felonies also disenfranchises their children, their families, and their communities
  • Conducting outreach at community events and organizations to advise people on the voting rights restoration process
  • Researching and analyzing the criminal histories of prospective clients to determine their eligibility to register to vote

 

"The Collateral Consequences Project (CCP) was an awesome experience for me because I was able to do work that I believe in. Voting rights and advocating for access is work that is fundamental for both the voters themselves and their families. CCP allowed me to tackle almost every aspect of the law in meaningful ways including advocacy through op-eds, coalition building, community involvement, community education, direct representation, legislation, amicus briefs, and following litigation. The class was intimate, conversational, and usually came with snacks! Prof. Laroche created an environment that was rigorous but also affirmed ones voice in legal work. I highly recommend this opportunity for anyone interested in a well-rounded, relevant, and applicable public interest experience.” - Remi Abiodun, Fall 2019

"Though challenging at times, I left CCP a better law student. I strengthened my legal research and writing skills and got to write legal memos and op-eds. This clinic highlighted the real-life consequences of mass incarceration and showed how it disenfranchises more than just the retuning citizen. Family members and communities, especially children, all suffer when returning citizens are not eligible to vote. Reading people’s individual stories gave me an often missing, but absolutely necessary, empathetic perspective on the effects of Florida’s Amendment 4." - Gigi Green, Fall 2019
 

Project News and Events

National Association Awards Collateral Consequences Project an Honorable Mention for Excellence in a Public Interest Case or Project

FSU Law News | May 13, 2020

CCP Students Present to an FSU Social Policy Class 

CCP Students Visit the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

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