ACROSS THE FINISH LINE
Across the Finish Line (“ATFL”) is an innovative pro bono partnership between the Deason Center and the lawyers at The Decarceration Collective. ATFL offers SMU Law students a one-week experiential learning program that immerses them in federal criminal defense practice, seeking sentence reductions for non-violent federal drug offenders.
The Deason Center partnered with the Decarceration Collective who provided attorneys to oversee and guide students as they worked on cases. They are federal criminal defense lawyers who fight for people sentenced to life in prison and advance the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment right to counsel, with no charge to the client.