The fact that even after all the hardships they have faced, they still had time to laugh and bless others with their laughter inspired me. Being in contact with these clients has impacted my growth, and it has taught me to be slow at judging people.
Though law school can sometimes feel mechanical, I am learning that law is always about working with people, which means that part of my job is always to make the judge or jury see the humanity in my client—prisoner or otherwise.
OJPC taught me a lot about criminal-justice law and reform. It also taught me things I had not expected. One weekend stands out.
OJPC’s Stephen JohnsonGrove joined the Faith & Freedom Coalition and the U.S. Justice Action Network to write this op-ed on fair hiring in Ohio—writing, “The idea behind “banning the box” was to expand the available talent pool for public employers and support individuals’ redemption by opening the door to good state jobs.”
David Singleton’s testified this week to the Ohio Senate on Senate Bill 162, which would exempt people with serious mental illness from the death penalty. David’s testimony focused on OJPC’s newly released policy paper, “Serious Mental Illness and the Death Penalty.”