Research Objectives

As a “learning center,” the Remington Center has long fostered an environment in which students and clinical faculty can gather information on legal issues and empirical problems, reflect on them in a collaborative setting, and share their findings with the legal and scholarly communities. The Center’s faculty and students have a long and impressive list of publications and appellate litigation.

Just in the past few years--in addition to providing numerous conference presentations, Continuing Legal Education programs, and workshops to the practicing bar--the Remington Center’s clinical faculty have published an impressive array articles aimed at improving the justice system. All of these articles arise directly out of their work in the clinical projects. Some of their most recent work includes the following:

  • Clinical Professor Meredith Ross and Clinical Instructor William Rosales have provided useful information to Wisconsin lawyers and judges regarding post-sentencing remedies under Wisconsin’s new Truth-in-Sentencing law . See Meredith J. Ross, Sentence Modification and Early Release for TIS Inmates, Wisconsin Defender, Winter/Spring 2005; William E. Rosales, Sentence Adjustment Petitions: An Update, Wisconsin Defender, Winter/Spring 2007).
  • Clinical Professor Michele LaVigne has worked extensively with deaf and hard-of-hearing clients and law students. With Dr. McCay Vernon, Professor LaVigne has published several articles on the intersection between deafness and the legal system. See Michele LaVigne & McCay Vernon, An Interpreter Isn’t Enough: Deafness, Language, and Due Process, 2003 Wis. L. Rev. 843; It Takes More than a Sign, Part 1, 29 Champion 26 (June 2005); Michele LaVigne & McCay Vernon, It Takes More than a Sign, Part 2, 29 Champion 28 (July 2005); Michele LaVigne, McCay Vernon, and Jean Andrews, The Deaf Suspect/Defendant and the Bill of Rights, Views 2006).
  • Drawing on his experiences as a member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s Ethics 2000 Committee, as well as the summer externship experiences of students in the Prosecution Project, Clinical Associate Professor Ben Kempinen has written on the ethics of lawyers’–and, in particular, prosecutors'–contact with unrepresented persons. See Ben Kempinen, The Ethics of Prosecutor Contact with the Unrepresented Defendant, 19 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1147 (2006); Dealing Fairly with an Unrepresented Person, 78 OCT Wis. Law. 12 (2006).
  • Several of the Remington Center’s clinical faculty contributed the Wisconsin Law Review’s 2006 symposium on wrongful convictions. For the Law Review’s symposium edition, Clinical Professor Keith Findley and Clinical Associate Professor Mike Scott co-authored an influential article on the cognitive bias known as tunnel vision, and its effect on the criminal justice system; Clinical Assistant Professor Mary Prosser addressed the problems posed by discovery rules in criminal cases; and former Clinical Associate Professor Kate Kruse (now at the Boyd School of Law) wrote about the process of innocence reform in Wisconsin. See Keith A. Findley & Michael S. Scott, The Multiple Dimensions of Tunnel Vision in Criminal Cases, 2006 Wis. L. Rev. 291 (2006); Keith A. Findley & Michael S. Scott, The Multiple Dimensions of Tunnel Vision in Criminal Cases, 2006 Wis. L. Rev. 291 (2006); Katherine R. Kruse, Instituting Innocence Reform: Wisconsin’s New Governance Experiment, 2006 Wis. L. Rev. 645 (2006).

The Remington Center constantly strives to meet the challenge of fulfilling our educational and service obligations, while providing opportunities for clinical faculty to engage in significant research and scholarship. We believe that the Center’s myriad activities provide an ideal laboratory for learning about how the justice system operates, and that our faculty and students can provide information and insights that are of value to lawyers, clients, judges, and policy makers.

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