History of the FJRC: A Brief Review

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The Early Years: 1963-1975
Expansions in Education and Service: 1975 - 1990
1990's - Present
A 30-Year Reflection: by John Norsetter
The Center's Vision for the Future


1963:
Professor Frank Remington begins to develop idea for correctional internship program.

1964:
Eight interns complete the Correctional Internship Programs at two institutions.

1969:
Supreme Court rules in Johnson v. Avery that correctional systems must provide a law library or other legal system for inmates. The LAIP interns were made available to provide this legal advice.Student interns begin to be assigned to the Central State Hospital. First grant expires.

1971:
First supervising attorneys are hired.

1974:
Fifteen interns participate in LAIP. Programs expand to include the new federal prison in Oxford.The Wisconsin Council on Criminal Justice grant expires.

1975:
Legislative funds for LAIP are added to the Law School's base support. LAIP moves to the old State Crime Laboratory at 913 University Avenue.Walter J. Dickey is named Director of the LAIP program.

1977:
Clinical Associate Professor Ben Kempinen helps draft Wisconsin Statute section 973.155, mandating sentence credit in appropriate cases.

1978:
Legislature requires the Department of Corrections to comply with the State Administrative Procedure Act. Walter Dickey is given the job of rewriting the Department's rules.

1980:
Forty interns participate in LAIP. Diane Collins is hired as secretary for the program.

1981:
LAIP again encounters funding problems. Professors Remington and Dickey ask for students to write to the Law School attesting the importance of the program. State funding is then established.

1983:
Professor Dickey becomes the director of the Department of Corrections

1985:
Ben Kempinen is involved in drafting revisions to "good time laws", legislation that credited inmates for time already served.Paralegal work begins in the Fox Lake Correctional Institution with two inmates, including Bobby Austin.

1986:
Ken Lund becomes director of LAIP.

1987:
David Cook begins the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program, later renamed the Restorative Justice Project.

1989:
Catherine Manning award, for outstanding LAIP students is established in memory of the late supervising attorney, Catherine Manning.

1990:
Crime lab building at 913 University Avenue is demolished. Program moves to 212 N. Bassett Street.Ben Kempinen takes over as director of an expanded Prosecution Project.

1991:
Fifty-five interns participate in LAIP. Meredith Ross becomes Deputy Director of LAIP. Public Defender Project is launched with Michele LaVigne as director.

1993:
Frank Remington retires from the Law School faculty but continues as emeritus professor.Law School begins construction of an expansion of the existing building to include LAIP offices.

1994:
Criminal Appeals Project begins with Kate Kruse as director.

1995:
Restorative Justice Project arranges meeting between Jackie Millar and Craig Sussex.

1996:
Frank Remington passes away.The expansion of the Law School is completed and the Program moves into the new building. The Frank J. Remington Center for Education, Research and Service in Criminal Justice is dedicated. Meredith Ross becomes director of the Center. Neighborhood Law Project launched to provide legal services to the poor in Madison.

1997:
The Family Law Project is created with Kate Kruse as director.

1998:
The Innocence Project is created with John Pray and Keith Findley as co-directors.

1999:
Michele LaVigne starts the Delavan Project, a mock trial for deaf students.

2000:
110 students are offered internships in the eight programs at the Remington Center. Diane Collins celebrates 20 years at the Center. Meg Gaines starts the Patient Advocacy Project, later renamed the Center for Patient Partnerships.

2012:
Meredith Ross retires as director of the Center. The civil clinics within the Remington Center are reorganized under the umbrella of the Equal Justice Institute, which is now distinct from the Remington Center.

2013:
The Federal Appeals Project is created with Adam Stevenson as director.

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