Incarcerate US Podcast Host Julie Cottingham Interviews Prof Daniel Manville who directs the Civil Rights Clinic at MSU College of Law.
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Daniel Manville is a strong advocate for civil rights, and the rights or prisoners. He knows the issues only too well - he walked that path himself, spending almost four years in prison in the 1970s.
About Daniel Manville
Prior to joining the Law College faculty, Professor Manville was an adjunct professor and clinical staff attorney in the Civil Rights Clinic at Wayne State University Law School. He earlier served as a visiting professor in the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and as an adjunct professor at Henry Ford Community College, where he taught Personal Injury and Torts Litigation and Civil and Appellate Practice. He also taught Evidence in Antioch School of Law’s Legal Technician Program and at Washtenaw Community College.
Professor Manville has published numerous articles and litigation manuals in the area of prisoners’ rights. He recently updated Protecting Your Health & Safety: A Litigation Guide for Inmates for the Southern Poverty Law Center and completed the 4th edition of the Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual, published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Manville is a member of several professional legal groups, including the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Prisons and Corrections Section of the Michigan State Bar. When not teaching, he engages in private practice, with a focus on providing representation to prisoners.
Corrections Section of the Michigan State Bar. When not teaching, he engages in private practice, with a focus on providing representation to prisoners.
M.A. 1984, Michigan State University; J.D. 1981, Antioch School of Law; B.G.S. 1976, Wayne State University College of Lifelong Learning; B.S. 1976, Central Michigan University
- Civil Rights Clinic I
Students will receive a versatile and well-rounded education in the intricacies of civil rights law and hone client management, case management, negotiation, and trial skills. Students will use their knowledge and skills to litigate civil rights cases in federal District Court (WD, MI) for their clients, prisoners who are incarcerated in Michigan and have asserted claims about the conditions of their confinement. Under the supervision of clinic faculty, students will represent their clients at all stages of these cases, including case development and strategy, discovery, motion practice, and trial. In addition to class times, students enrolled in this clinical program must work a minimum of 14 hours at the clinic each week NOTE: (1) Enrollment is by application only (please see student announcements for the application deadline). Preference will be given to students who commit to participate in the clinic for two semesters. (2) Enrolled students may be required to attend a mandatory two-day clinic “boot camp” that takes place on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the first day of class. Please see the clinics’ website for additional information. Prerequisite(s): All student clinicians enrolled in Civil Rights Clinic I must have successfully completed RWA and Advocacy. In addition, they must have successfully completed the first year (six credits) of the Law Colleges TPI program or must have successfully completed at least six credits in Evidence, Civil Trial Advocacy I, Civil Rights Seminar, Complex Civil Litigation, or Constitutional Law II.
- Civil Rights Clinic II
This is a continuing opportunity to students who have successfully completed coursework in Civil Rights Clinic I to enable them to further refine their skills in counseling clients, managing a caseload, and litigating civil rights cases on their clients’ behalf in federal District Court. Typically, students who are enrolled in Civil Rights Clinic II assume a more in-depth role in their clients’ litigation. As in Civil Rights Clinic I, students further their experience under the supervision of clinic faculty and enhance their knowledge of civil rights law and trial practice. In addition to class times, students enrolled in clinical programs must work a minimum of 14 hours at the clinic each week (in general, each student puts in an additional 12 to15 hours weekly). NOTE: (1) Enrollment in Civil Rights Clinic II is by invitation only. (2) Enrolled students may be required to attend a mandatory two-day clinic “boot camp” that takes place on the Saturday and Sunday immediately before the first day of class. Please see the clinics’ website for additional information.
U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (inactive), Michigan