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Rise Up, Inc

Due Process for Defendants with Mental Health Issues

Help defendants deemed incompetent to stand trial.

Posted November 19, 2021

Work & Deliverables

Join us in making legislative history! Rise Justice Labs is a first-of-its-kind civil rights accelerator. We dismantle systemic barriers in the legislative process by giving everyday people a blueprint to access democracy. Our mission is to help everyday people pass their first law. We deliver on this mission through an intensive 12-week training program (November 8, 2021 to January 28, 2022) that includes seed funding, skills workshops, 1:1 coaching, guest lectures, access to professional services, and a network of Congressional and State legislators.

We are seeking short-term pro bono legal support to effectively equip program participants. Primary activities would likely include:

* Supporting ongoing research to help participants determine which rights already exist and where there are opportunities to strengthen the law (potential bill sponsors want to know that proposed legislation is not duplicating or creating conflict among existing laws and definitions);
* Reviewing and editing draft legislation;
* Giving feedback on memos to legislative offices;
* Answering questions about filing for 501(c)(3)/501(c)(4) status, if relevant.

We are currently looking for volunteer support on the following issue campaign: Uprise Theatre is a legal and social justice organization that works directly with families that have a loved one impacted by the criminal justice system. Their mission is to use art and activist lawyering to disrupt systems of oppression and reclaim power with the people. The team is currently working to close a loophole allowing someone who is living with a mental health disorder found incompetent to stand trial in one jurisdiction be transferred to another jurisdiction and be charged with a subsequent crime with no attention to prior incapacity. Uprise is seeking to remedy this wrong by writing a law that requires judges to consider prior mental health determinations of a defendant.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 11-20 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: Rise staff are able to explain what the project entails and exactly what we're asking, but we depend on the expertise and research skills of volunteers to complete the projects.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: No
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Rise Up, Inc

Rise, a national nonprofit, was founded by Amanda Nguyen, a sexual assault survivor, in November 2014 to pen her own civil rights into existence along with the 25 million rape survivors in the United States. Rise started by passing the federal Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights unanimously through Congress and later signed into law by President Obama. Rise’s immediate goal is to scale up a social movement to pass their Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights - in all 50 states. Rise trains volunteers to pen their own rights into existence, giving them the tools and resources necessary to engage with state legislators with the ultimate goal of passing a bill in their home state.

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