Victoria, TX

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"During my time as an intern over the past seven months, I have witnessed how a poor person accused of a crime has no lobby."



Julie, PA

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Half-way into her year-long internship, Julie reflects on her time in Pennsylvania so far, including the changing political landscape. "Before 8th November it was amusing; now that policies are actually being put in place by the Executive, it feels like a tragedy."



Klara, UK

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"They were no longer a generic group of prisoners facing injustice, but individual people – each with their own hobbies (e.g. stamp collecting), passions (e.g. sunbathing) and talents."

Klara (with our other intern Abbey) helping out at Amicus Training.

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Kirsten, FL

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Here, Kirsten chronicles her trip to New Orleans at Christmas time, highlighting her food experiences along the way: "When travelling I’ve always found that the best way to do it is through food and drink."



Shiryn, UK

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"I found it staggering to realise that the vital work I have been doing here in the office could help to save a life across the pond."



Sam, TX

Monday, December 12, 2016

Originally published in the Huffington Post, here Sam considers his time in Texas.



Julie, PA

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A message from Dana Cook, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR)



Kirsten, FL

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"But then I discovered the open road..."



Ani, LA

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"I was nervous about meeting my first client, but as we starting talking I quickly became comfortable. I met a guy who was my age and was excited to meet someone from the UK."



Hannah, AZ

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"After having often been told in England that I need to be less emotionally involved in or attached to the work I do, it has been a pleasure to work in an environment where loving and caring for clients is something to be celebrated and where caring for the prisoners’ overall well-being is prioritised alongside the processing of their legal claims."



Caroline, MS

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

"For anyone interested in criminal law, who would turn down an opportunity to be involved in the most serious cases in a place that inflicts death on those it finds guilty?"



Kate, UK

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

"You come away with not only legal skills and increased human rights knowledge, but also friends and life skills."



Dan, UK

Friday, September 30, 2016

"I wasn’t completely set on studying law at all until about a month into my internship. Being exposed to what Amicus does for so many people across the Atlantic further fuelled my desire to study law as a means to help less fortunate people."



Julie, PA

Friday, September 30, 2016

"The last word should go to the victim's mother who said: "I was glad he didn't get the death penalty. It wasn't one of the things I wanted. Two wrongs don't make a right.""



Cecile, UK

Monday, September 5, 2016

"Now that I am in Paris, I have noticed that everything I have learned throughout the past three months is following me everywhere. It has changed the way I see things."



Sam, TX

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A quick update from Sam, who is enjoying his internship at one Amicus' newest affiliate offices.



Guy, UK

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Guy looks back at his stint in the Amicus office, somehow neglecting to mention the number of cakes he got through.



Sarah, MO

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tweet us @Amicus_ALJ if you (like Sarah) know the reason for a sentence of 999 years, 12 months and 365 days...



Sarah, PA

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Perhaps it was because he was such a nice and ‘normal’ man, or maybe I would have had this reaction regardless of the person I had met, but as soon as I walked out of the prison I started crying."



Sam, MS

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

When Sam met the stranger he'd been studying in detail for two months...



Anastasia, UK

Monday, August 8, 2016

Anastasia ponders death penalty statistics and picks her favourite related quote. Her top one is by Gandhi, followed closely by her second favourite: 'Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?' by Holly Near.



Sooyun, UK

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sooyun describes his three-month internship in the Amicus office, with notable reference to cake.

"[T]here was an outing for free ice-cream from Ben & Jerry’s, after which for some reason I was stuck with a smug smile!"

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Alice, UK

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

As the best Amicus student rep 2015-16, Alice was offered the opportunity to come into the London office to meet the team - and whilst she was here, we roped her into helping us out! Here she summarises her time working with Amicus over the last year.



Merel, LA

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"In the Texas Prison Museum they have a prison cell. You can go to the front desk to get a striped jumpsuit and take pictures in this prison cell while you wear the jumpsuit. Next to this prison cell is the electric chair that was used for decades to execute people. I was shocked by the juxtaposition - this prison cell effectively making fun of prisoners and just a couple meters away a tool used to horrifically execute people."



Bukunmi, LA

Friday, June 3, 2016

Two thirds of the way through her internship, Bukunmi reflects on what she has experienced so far. "I came because I was/am interested in helping the fight towards justice and standing with those that do not have many on their side. I may not have done anything 'exciting' but this work often isn't exciting or glamorous and my internship has helped me to examine my motives. Now when I say I am interested in this type of work, it is for the right reasons."



Merel, LA

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Louisiana, and especially New Orleans, is an absolute great place to stay for a couple of months. I am very happy and thankful that Amicus placed me here!"



Rebecca, TX

Monday, May 16, 2016

"It has been difficult at times to witness these parts of the system that I believe to be grossly unfair." Three months in, Rebecca summarises her experience in Texas.



Alice, TX

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Alice shares her thoughts on the jury selection process.

If this topic peaks your interest, come to our screening of 12 Angry Men and discussion next Thursday 19th May at Linklaters in central London. Buy your tickets now!

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Peter, TX & MS

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Peter summarises his Amicus internships in Texas and Mississippi.