Legal Assistance to Incarcerated People (LAIP) Project
The Legal Assistance to Incarcerated People (LAIP) Project is an initiative by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. The students and faculty members represent underserved prisoners in actual cases. Students in the LAIP project conduct factual and legal research, interview clients and witnesses, travel to multiple correctional institutions, and file motions on behalf of clients. At LAIP, students advocate in writing with motions and advocacy letters and may be able to represent clients at hearings. Students interact with courts, opposing attorneys, criminal justice agencies, and prison personnel. They are supervised by an attorney and talk through problems, generate ideas, and offer each other support. LAIP does not represent incarcerated people in “conditions of confinement” disputes with the prisons or in challenges to disciplinary reports. However, on these issues, LAIP may be able to provide the incarcerated people with information that they can use to proceed pro se (on their own). In LAIP, the law students work under the supervision of Frank J. Remington Center clinical faculty, all attorneys admitted to practice in Wisconsin. For more information on services offered by the LAIP, please contact them directly.