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Corina Scott

  • Hosted by Center for Appellate Litigation
  • Sponsored by Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Issue area Criminal Justice Reform, Domestic Violence
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Corina’s (she/her/hers) project will provide post-conviction legal services and legislative advocacy on behalf of incarcerated survivors of domestic violence who are eligible for resentencing or a new trial in New York state.

In 2019, New York passed the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (DVSJA), which recognizes domestic violence as a mitigating factor in certain criminal cases and allows eligible incarcerated survivors of domestic violence to apply for resentencing. Unfortunately, prohibitively high evidentiary standards have prevented survivors from obtaining the relief intended by the law. The legislation must be amended, but in the interim an alternate avenue of relief has emerged: reinvestigation of cases frequently reveals wrongful conviction issues, such as ineffective assistance of counsel.

Corina’s commitment to challenging gender-based violence and mass incarceration motivates her to secure tangible relief for system-involved survivors of domestic violence through both direct representation and policy advocacy.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Corina will bring ineffective assistance of counsel claims on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. She will also advocate for amendments to the DVSJA to eliminate the needless procedural barriers that bar clients from obtaining the relief the legislature intended to provide. Additionally, Corina will develop a comprehensive body of post-conviction advocacy materials to educate attorneys and judges on the evolving legal and legislative landscape.

Survivors of domestic violence deserve legal advocates who will infuse their humanity into a criminal justice system that often attempts to dehumanize them and decontextualize their cases.

Corina Scott /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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