A correction to “Michael K. Ausbrook and the snipe swarm”–He has worked for free

Now, I am even more amazed at Michael’s work. See the post immediately preceding this one. 

He has done it all for free. All of it.

Michael explains:

I  have truly not meant my experiment as charity. I have just fronted the money to run the experiment. Had the cases come back losers in the first couple or three years, I would have moved on to something else. My idea is that there are cases that can be identified as probable winners in federal court and that they can be won. If that idea has support in reality, then my vision is that there should be offices in every state doing the work, just as there are Innocence Projects everywhere. (Innocence, schminnocence, I say. Some of my clients are innocent; others aren’t. They have all been demonstrably cheated by the Indiana state courts and are serving legally undeserved extra decades in prison as a result.)

I’ve gone on and on again. The point is pretty easily made: There isn’t a living in what I’ve been doing, but I think there should be. With the recognition of the Gideon Award and now the really wonderful post you put up, I begin to get the credibility necessary to start going hat in hand to likely sources of material support.

4 responses

  1. I just graduated from IU and moved back out West – I wish the law school had been a bit more involved (during my matriculation) in following (if not helping with internship/clinic tie-ins) with such interesting and important work. I have forwarded this post onto some professors that I hope will invite Mr. Ausbrook in for some class discussions.

  2. I realize that as a (former) student it is de rigueur for me to gripe incessantly about missed opportunities by the school – but this was mostly just wishful thinking, not bitter criticism. I.e., I hope to try along.

  3. I recognized the remarkable skill of Mr. Ausbrook when I was clerking for the 7th Circuit. Most habeas corpus cases stand out because of the facts; the ones on which he worked stood out because of the pleadings and briefing. The legal world needs more attorneys like him, and not just for federal habeas corpus cases (but definitely for those). I would love one day to accomplish a fraction of what he has and to practice the law he does, perhaps in the same place.

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