LAW 1527 v00 : Habeas Corpus Post Conviction Practicum

Last edit: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 20:12:22 GMT

Fall 2020
JD Adjunct
UserID Name Email
cm1855 Mathieson Hughes, Christina
eo427 Olson-Gault, Emily
LAW 1527 v00: Habeas Corpus Post Conviction Practicum
Habeas Corpus Post Conviction Practicum
T 5:45-7:45p
Special Requirement


Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Prior coursework or other experience in criminal procedure or immigration is recommended but not required.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this course and an externship.

This course is open to JD students only.

This course is suitable for evening students; project work does not need to be completed during business hours. Students enrolled in this course should, however, be available by email during business hours.

This is a five credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and three credits will be awarded for approximately 15 hours of supervised project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Both the seminar portion and the project work will be graded.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

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Personal Information


Christina Mathieson Hughes is the founder and executive director of the National Habeas Institute, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of representation for anyone seeking relief under a writ of habeas corpus. She is an Adjunct Professor for Georgetown's Habeas Corpus Post Conviction Practicum, a project-based course designed to provide students with the practical skills necessary to effectively represent clients who wish to challenge the constitutionality of their confinement. Professor Mathieson Hughes views each case holistically---examining the case through the lens of the client's background, the client's future, and societal factors---to understand and explain the humanity of each client to the courts and the public.

Before founding NHI, Professor Mathieson Hughes practiced capital habeas litigation. She worked with Professor Olson-Gault at the American Bar Association Death Penalty Representation Project, where Professor Mathieson Hughes led the ABA's systemic litigation efforts to improve death row prisoners' access to quality lawyers. Prior to her work at the ABA, Professor Mathieson Hughes worked as a capital defender in Georgia and Florida. Over the course of Professor Mathieson Hughes' career, she has assisted clients at all levels of habeas representation and was on the frontline of litigation regarding lethal injection, mental illness, intellectual disability, and stays of execution.

Professor Mathieson Hughes graduated with a joint degree in Law and Theology from Emory University School of Law and Candler School of Theology in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University School of Engineering.

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