I have felt the most surprised that GJP doesn’t really screen potential clients based on guilt/innocence. During my first month, I’ve been struck that while staff usually has a sense about whether a particular client is guilty or not, it doesn’t affect their approach to the case. Instead, the screening is more about whether the client is really ready to move on and improve their life.
My impression is that GJP wants their clients to take responsibility for their lives — and this might include accepting the legal consequences for crimes they committed. But just because this particular client is “guilty,” GJP provides the same services & the same compassion and empowerment as it provides “innocent” clients.
– Claire, Washington & Lee Law School, 1L