Post-Conviction Advocacy Project

The purpose of the Post-Conviction Advocacy Project (P-CAP) is to train Berkeley Law students to assist California inmates with the parole process. Our group’s mission is to attain justice for the thousands of men and women who may spend the rest of their lives in prison, even if they pose no current threat to society.  Indigent prisoners regularly receive inadequate representation from board-appointed attorneys, and students’ support can help ensure that prisoners are well-prepared and have a fair chance at their hearings. P-CAP pairs law students with individuals serving life sentences to aid them in preparing for their parole hearing and to represent them at that hearing under attorney supervision.

Time Commitment: A 14-18 month commitment is necessary to ensure proper preparation and zealous representation at a client’s hearing. Students who join P-CAP in Fall 2018 can expect to have a hearing between October-May of 2019. The time commitment per semester is about 45-50 hours with significant variation depending on client needs.

Other requirements include: (1) obtaining gate clearance to enter prison for monthly client visits, (2) the ability to work with a partner, and (3) attending trainings, part of which includes observing a parole hearing (4) possibly missing class to visit your client once a month.

Supervision: P-CAP is supervised by Keith Wattley, Executive Director and Founder of UnCommon Law, and Lilliana Paratore, Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Apple, Inc. and Baker McKenzie. Lilli provides regular supervision and feedback, while Keith provides training and overall support. Keith was recently selected as one of the Obama Foundation’s inaugural Fellows, recognizing his unique legal model and vision for representing people convicted of violent crimes in their parole hearings. More information about Keith’s Obama Foundation Fellowship can be found here.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at

How To Apply

We are grateful to our supporters:

Julie Hess
Loren S. Lewallen
David B. Oppenheimer
Select Equity Group, Inc.