Civil Rights Amicus Clinic
In the Spring of 2012, the Korematsu Center developed and offered a Civil Rights Amicus Clinic, which allowed students to learn about civil rights litigation strategy and to draft amicus briefs under the supervision of a member of the law faculty and in coordination with lawyers in practice.
In the clinic, students engaged in advocacy efforts on a number of current issues, including arguing against Arizona's ban on ethnic studies and challenging the involvement of U.S. Border Patrol officers in local law enforcement on the Olympic Peninsula.
On October 10, 2012, Will Witherspoon will argue one of the clinic cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, challenging policies at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island that require residents to be strip searched and shackled during transport to off-island medical appointments. In Hoisington v. Williams, Witherspoon, under the supervision of Korematsu Center Clinical Teaching Fellow Anjana Malhotra and Korematsu Center Executive Director Bob Chang, will be arguing that the visual body cavity searches and shackling of civilly-committed detainees constitute punitive conditions of confinement and unreasonable searches and seizures where residents are under constant armed guard during transport and other, less intrusive alternatives are available at the facility. Witherspoon started work on this case with Elise Fandrich and other clinic students and is being actively supported in his preparation by faculty, members of the practicing bar, and Student Fellows of the Center.