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