UCLA Law Criminal Defense Clinic Students Win Clemency for Man Serving Life Sentence

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Andrés Dae Keun Kwon and Jessica Hanson, far left and far right, were on a team of UCLA law students working under the supervision of professors Julie Cramer and Ingrid Eagly, center.


Students in UCLA School of law’s Criminal Defense Clinic played a key role in freeing Darnell Crookshank, who was granted clemency by President Obama in August after serving 20 years of a life sentence for a nonviolent drug offense.

The students worked on the case under the guidance of Professors Ingrid Eagly and Julie Cramer, as well as Peter Johnson, a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney and UCLA Law lecturer.

Law students Andrés Dae Keun Kwon '16 and Jessica Hanson '16 led the way in developing the clemency petition to free Crookshank, including creation of a transition plan to help Crookshank re-enter society successfully. Six other students in the clinic - Oscar Figueroa, Laura Lopez Montero, Rachel Lorber, Han Lu, Brittania Poon and Alexandria Ruiz - also contributed significantly to Crookshank’s clemency petition.

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