Thursday, September 9, 2021

Postponing the Externships 11 Conference

From Prof. Sophia Hamilton and Prof. Stephanie Davidson

Dear Externship Community,

 

After much reflection, the Externships 11 Planning Committee, in consultation with the Site Selection Committee, has decided to postpone Externships 11 to Fall 2022. While we were eager to convene this year, we have received a great deal of feedback that the emphasis on coming together in person is important to our community members – as it is for each of us. So, we are postponing the conference in hopes of increasing our chances of having meaningful, in-person time to rebuild together next fall in Southern California.

 

We will announce the new date shortly. In the meantime, the RFP is still open, and we are extending the deadline several months into the future. We will send an updated RFP document in the coming weeks, which will include an invitation to folks who are interested in presenting but don’t yet have an idea outside of a general area of interest We hope to take advantage of the additional time by pairing those of you who are interested (but not yet inspired) with other similarly-minded individuals, so that you can spend some time this winter and spring building out your ideas. 

 

Thank you for being a part of this vibrant, warm community. We are grateful to be your colleagues, and we look forward to seeing you all in person next year. In the meantime, please do not forget that the AALS Externships Committee has many opportunities to meet (you can find them here) and share ideas.

 

All our best,

 

The Externships Planning Committee

 

Sophia Hamilton, Co-Chair

Stephanie Davidson, Co-Chair

Nira Geevargis

Anahid Gharakhanian

Kendall Lynn Kerew

Stephanie Davidson

D’lorah Hughes

Dena Bauman

Sande Buhai

Kathleen Devlin Joyce

Thiadora Pina

Derrick Howard

 

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Monday, August 9, 2021

JOBS: Maryland Carey Law's Director for the new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic

Via Prof. Leigh Goodmark

[T]he Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law is hiring an inaugural Director for our new Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic for Fall 2022.  The Director will . . . pursue the Chacón Center’s goals of human rights, racial equity and social justice for immigrants.  The new Director will be charged specifically with designing and teaching a clinic to engage in federal appellate litigation that will work in collaboration with our existing Immigration Clinic and will be focused on the immigration consequences of convictions, humanitarian protection, and other impact issues that affect immigrants.  We especially welcome applicants with strong backgrounds in legal practice, applicants of color, applicants with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups.

The official job posting is here.  This position is a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment and sits on the Faculty Council, with voting rights on all matters. We will consider both entry level and junior lateral candidates with potential for outstanding legal practice, clinical education, and scholarly achievement.

The position will begin July 1, 2022.

The Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic will be part of the Chacón Center for Immigrant Justice at Maryland Carey Law, which also includes the Immigration Clinic and student support and activity programs to provide pro bono representation to people facing deportation at the trial court level and in the federal appellate courts, to educate and mentor students interested in practicing immigration law, and to advance the law to benefit immigrants in Maryland and nationally, with particular emphasis on eliminating racial inequities in immigration law.  The Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic will represent low- and moderate-income individuals and amicus curiae parties in federal appellate matters relating to immigration and criminal law, with particular focus on the overlap of these two fields of law and on asylum law, using litigation to pursue goals of racial equity, human rights and social justice.  Maryland Carey Law has a long and robust tradition of experiential learning reflected in its Cardin Requirement that every full-time day student enroll in a clinic in order to graduate.

Responsibilities:

The responsibilities of the Director of the Federal Appellate Immigration Clinic include: designing and implementing a new appellate immigration clinic in coordination with other Chacón Center faculty and staff; designing and teaching a weekly seminar component to the appellate clinic; engaging in strategic case selection and development in light of immigration case law, legislation and public policy in Maryland and nationally; teaching, through case supervision and mentoring, students engaged in all aspects of appellate litigation, with emphasis on written and oral advocacy and professional responsibility; exercising ultimate professional responsibility for the appellate clinic’s caseload; pursuing independent scholarly and professional research and writing; and participating in the governance of the law school through committee and faculty council work.  The position may also include non-clinical teaching responsibilities in the law school as appropriate and feasible.

Minimum Qualifications:

Admission to practice law and good standing in a U.S. jurisdiction is required, as is a demonstrated record of excellence in legal practice, including appellate, immigration and/or criminal litigation; experience teaching or supervising law students in legal practice; and interest in scholarly and practice-oriented research and writing. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

Compensation

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Maryland Carey Law offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Maryland has a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applications from persons of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and other members of historically disadvantaged groups.

I am more than happy to talk about this opportunity, but I’m going to be offline for a bit soon.  If you want to reach out to me, please do so by Aug 10 or after Aug 23.  Thanks for your help in finding a terrific new clinician!

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Friday, August 6, 2021

News: California Western School of Law Adopts Unitary Tenure Track Policy

Via California Western release:

 

SAN DIEGO—California Western School of Law has announced that the faculty and Board of Trustees have voted to adopt a unitary tenure track. This change to the institution’s Faculty Bylaws creates opportunities for its clinical, Legal Skills, and other skills professors who were hired as full-time faculty to achieve tenure, with the same faculty governance and voting rights that come with an existing tenure-stream faculty position.

 

At the heart of this change is California Western’s commitment to living its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Faculty hired without tenure are disproportionately under-represented in the academy, and yet face much more uncertain employment. A unitary track system provides these individuals with a clearer career pathway while promoting a spirit of collegiality and equality amongst all faculty.

 

“This is a momentous occasion for the California Western School of Law” reports Dean Sean Scott. “Moving toward a unitary tenure track reflects our desire to dismantle the traditional hierarchies within faculty ranks, which is part of the larger goal of addressing structural inequalities within legal education.”

 

The new system will also benefit the intellectual life of California Western. It incentivizes research and writing amongst faculty that typically fill legal skills positions, which solidifies the intersection of theory at practice. Adds Dean Scott: “we’re sending a signal to students about the need within their own careers to blend deep thinking and research with legal skills; to be successful they must have mastery of both.”

 

Read more:https://tinyurl.com/4zpm6bf7

 

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Monday, August 2, 2021

JOBS: Harvard Law School's Assistant Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education and Pro Bono Programs

Harvard Law School Assistant Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education and Pro Bono Programs 

Harvard Law School Clinics provide students hands-on legal experience under the supervision of licensed attorneys who are experienced practitioners and trained clinical legal educators. The Assistant Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education and Pro Bono Programs will largely be responsible for the annual development of clinical curriculum for HLS’s 23 in-house clinics and 13 externship clinics, the management of externship clinics and 12 student practice organizations, and oversight of all independent clinical opportunities. In addition, the Assistant Dean will oversee the Law School’s Pro Bono Program. The Assistant Dean will collaborate with the Vice Dean of Clinical and Experiential Education and the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs to develop and implement clinical enrollment policies and processes with respect to HLS’s goals and clinic capacities.

The Assistant Dean will:

- Oversee annual development of clinical curriculum and related policies and processes;


- Review, in consultation with clinical faculty directors, clinical course and teacher evaluations and pro bono placement evaluations for teacher/clinic or placement/supervisor effectiveness;


- Develop, review, and approve pro bono placements and coordinate with the Registrar’s Office on tracking students’ completion of degree requirement;


- Develop advising programs and opportunities for students regarding clinical education and pro bono opportunities;


- Oversee ABA, state bar, and other regulatory compliance for clinical academic program, including for international students, and related review of regulations and development of policies and processes;


- Provide effective staff management for a group or team of employees, including hiring and orientation, training and development, workflow and performance management, and the promotion of an inclusive and innovative work environment;


- Build and manage key relationships and outreach among various HLS departments and external stakeholders, including groups such as Admissions, Registrar, and Communications; and


- Working in conjunction with Office of Communications, oversee communications, marketing, media outreach and public relations for HLS clinical work and academic programs


Qualifications. A JD is required, together with a minimum of ten years of clinical or externship management experience or law firm pro bono management experience, including work experience in a law school environment. Knowledge of budget management and supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Candidates must have knowledge of legal services, non-profit, government and industry as well as a demonstrated commitment to public service. Candidates must have an eagerness to work with law students and faculty and participate in the vibrant public interest community at HLS. Candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills and be able to demonstrate professionalism, sophistication, and diplomacy in working effectively with diverse constituencies (students, faculty, law firms, practicing attorneys, and clients.) The ability to manage competing demands and priorities is essential. Candidates must be willing to take initiative in identifying and evaluating new opportunities.

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment. A complete application will include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae or resumé́ and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this appointment. Named referees will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior consent. Chuck O’Boyle of C. V. O’Boyle, Jr. LLC is leading the search. Expressions of interest, applications, nominations and inquiries should be directed to Mr. O’Boyle at chuck@cvoboyle.com.

EEO Statement: Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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JOBS: University of Tennessee College of Law Dean

Via Prof. Wendy Bach

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF LAW is opening a search for its next Dean:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Law (UT Law). The university seeks an experienced, collegial, and energetic leader who will provide the inspiration, cohesion, and vision for UT Law and serve as its chief academic and administrative officer. The dean reports to the provost and works closely with the vice provosts, deans of other academic colleges, and UT Law faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other stakeholders (including members of the Tennessee bench and bar), in setting overall academic and strategic priorities for UT Law, allocating resources to move those priorities forward, and developing a collaborative community committed to student success.

As the leader of the state’s flagship law school at a land-grant university, the dean must recognize and support the institution’s duty to serve the people of Tennessee. Because UT Law graduates practice in a wide variety of settings that are subject to change over time, the dean should recognize the significance of preparing law students for diverse practice areas and professions. Moreover, the dean must be able to balance an internal role that engages the law school community with an external role that engages alumni, the state and local bench and bar, state legislators, local governmental officials, and other Tennesseans.

The next dean inherits an active, involved faculty committed to shared governance, a dedicated staff, a strong student body, a supportive campus administration, and a loyal alumni base. UT Law embraces a unitary tenure track for doctrinal, clinic, legal-writing and library faculty, and has developed an egalitarian culture among its faculty, staff, and students. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, transparent, and inspiring leader who is equally committed to teaching, service, and scholarship. The dean will further UT Law’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; continue to develop a successful fund-raising and alumni-engagement program; promote and, where possible, advance UT Law’s local, regional, and national reputation; and support a community that is engaged, transparent, and inspirational for all its stakeholders.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate relevant experience in managing a comparable enterprise within a complex system like UTK; leading and inspiring a diverse, mission-driven community and stakeholder base; and promoting engagement inside the College, across the campus and the greater university, and within the legal profession and the public. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, a capacity for creative thinking, and the enthusiasm and demonstrated ability to lead with a spirit of service.

THE COLLEGE OF LAW

Founded in 1890, UT Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. In its 2022 law school listing, USNWR ranks UT Law at #60 among all US law schools and #31 among public law schools in the nation. The National Jurist grades UT Law “B+” in its Best Value listing. UT Law’s business law program is currently ranked #37 among US law school business law programs and #25 among US public law school business law programs by USNWR.  The clinical program consistently ranks in the top ten of all US public law schools.

The mission of UT Law is to prepare students for the practice of law by integrating theory and practice across the curriculum, with an emphasis on clinical and skills training, innovative classroom teaching, legal writing, and professional values. The college endeavors to produce high-quality scholarship that examines, explains, critiques, and improves the law and the legal system. UT Law strives to serve the university, the campus, the profession, and the public by developing and sharing its talents and expertise.

UT Law’s JD program has approximately 365 students, 70% of whom are Tennessee residents. With a productive, engaged faculty of 41, UT Law boasts an enviable 9:1 student-faculty ratio while maintaining an affordable tuition. UT Law offers JD students two optional concentrations: Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Business Transactions, each of which provides an opportunity for students to focus their studies as they develop skills and gain knowledge helpful to their pursuit of meaningful employment. JD students can also pursue dual-degree programs in business, philosophy, public health, social work, and public policy and administration. UT Law students may choose an accelerated JD program or opt for a flexible program, allowing them to earn their JD degree in a manner that best suits their own circumstances. UT Law also provides a “3+3” program for students who intend to earn a BA/BS degree and a JD degree within 6 academic years. UT Law’s MLS degree and legal studies graduate certificate program are designed to provide foundational legal knowledge to working professionals and graduate/PhD students whose fields intersect with law.

UT Law hosts 5 flagship faculty-led programs to enhance student training: the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law; the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution; the Institute for Professional Leadership; the UT Legal Clinic; and the Legal Writing Program. Students at UT Law also have opportunities to help produce several exceptional journals, including Tennessee Law Review; Tennessee Journal of Law and PolicyThe Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice; and Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. Students also participate in moot trial, mock court, and transactional business competitions, as well as pro bono and public service opportunities and externships.

UT Law has an annual operating budget of approximately $15 million and a strong donor base. The college successfully concluded a $61 million campaign in June 2020 and received over $5 million in donor gifts from July 1, 2020-May 31, 2021.

For additional information about UT Law, please review: https://law.utk.edu/

Qualifications

THE ROLE OF THE DEAN

The dean serves as chief academic and administrative officer and reports to UTK’s provost. The dean is responsible for all areas of strategic planning and academic operations for UT Law: management of faculty and staff; development of academic programs; delivery of student services; oversight of facilities; development of research; and fiscal management, including fundraising. The dean works closely with a strong team of dynamic, involved leaders that includes assistant and associate deans and program directors.  

The dean will:

  • Serve as the intellectual leader of the faculty through a demonstrated commitment to scholarship, an ability to inspire junior and senior faculty alike in their scholarly pursuits, and a vision for further development of the intellectual environment at UT Law;
  • Promote UT Law’s teaching mission of educating outstanding lawyers through continued excellence in the academic program, including doctrinal, experiential, and hybrid courses;
  • Support, guide, and further develop UT Law’s commitment to the integration of theory and practice, grounded in a foundational understanding of legal doctrine and public policy;
  • Oversee implementation of the College’s recently adopted Diversity Action Plan; Establish and maintain a strong, engaged relationship with the student body;
  • Promote successful change in response to evolving external environments and emerging challenges, including providing leadership in developing a common vision for UT Law that reflects the future of legal education, the career aspirations of our students, and the established strengths of the institution;
  • Interact persuasively with the philanthropic community and solicit and steward private support from alumni, members of the Dean’s Advisory Council and Dean’s Circle, friends, foundations, law firms, government institutions, and corporations;
  • Develop and maintain positive, mutually supportive relationships with UT Law alumni;
  • Work effectively and collaboratively with senior administrators and other staff to ensure the smooth functioning of the academic and nonacademic components of UT Law’s operations;
  • Create a strong sense of community and cooperation among faculty, staff, students, alumni, other campus academic and nonacademic units, the local and state bar and governments, and the courts;
  • Attract, retain, and develop outstanding faculty, administrators, and staff;
  • Manage UT Law’s budget within a responsibility-centered management structure.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The search committee enthusiastically welcomes applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and will consider the factors listed below in evaluating candidates for this important leadership role. While no single individual will possess all the desired experiences and qualifications, the successful candidate should possess many of the following characteristics:

  • A JD, or other terminal degree in law, with accomplishments meriting tenure at the rank of full professor;
  • A leadership style characterized by flexibility, inclusiveness, integrity, and openness that involves and enables faculty and other key stakeholders to share in governance;
  • A demonstrated commitment to legal education, scholarship, and public service;
  • Familiarity with strategic resource management and an aptitude for successful fundraising;
  • Experience working with senior academic leaders across a university campus, including the ability to collaborate with the provost, deans, and other leaders to enrich the overall academic structure and the national and international reputation of UTK as a research and educational powerhouse;
  • The capacity and commitment to further develop supportive affiliations with UT Law alumni and friends;
  • A demonstrated dedication to building an organization that values and practices diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Superior communications skills; and
  • Decisiveness and the ability to multi-task, as well as a willingness to delegate and monitor appropriately.

THE CAMPUS AND ITS LEADERSHIP

Now is an exciting time to join UTK. Chancellor Donde Plowman and Provost John Zomchick, working with faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni, and community partners, have recently developed a new strategic vision for UTK (https://chancellor.utk.edu/vision/). The new vision imagines “a world enriched by our ideas, improved through action, and inspired by the Volunteer Spirit of service and leadership.” The Dean of the College of Law would work within UT Law, the larger campus and university, the state, and the nation to pursue this vision. 

Chancellor Donde Plowman became the ninth chancellor of UTK on July 1, 2019. Under her leadership, the university has placed renewed focus on its land-grant mission as the state’s flagship public institution. Since her arrival, Plowman has overseen the creation of the UT Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, the reunification of the Knoxville campus with the Institute of Agriculture, continued growth in student enrollment and retention rates, and the launch of a new strategic visioning process.

Before arriving at UTK as its Chancellor, Plowman spent nine years at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she served most recently as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. She earlier served for more than six years as the James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of UNL’s College of Business Administration. Before going to Nebraska, Plowman was on the management faculty at UTK, where she served for two years as head of the Department of Management in the Haslam College of Business. She began her academic career at the University of Texas at San Antonio as an assistant professor of management and advanced to the position of professor and associate dean for graduate studies and research, where she was responsible for the creation of the university’s doctoral degree in business.

Plowman has a doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin, an undergraduate degree with a major in English from Southern Methodist University, and an MEd in higher education administration from the University of North Texas.

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, John Zomchick was appointed in May 2020, but he has called UTK home since 1985. He most recently served as vice provost for faculty affairs, a position he held for more than five years. He also served as interim provost and senior vice chancellor from August 2016 until April 2018. Before joining the Office of the Provost’s staff, he served as executive associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.

A professor of English, Zomchick is a scholar of eighteenth-century English literature. During his time in the UTK College of Arts and Sciences, he held a number of administrative appointments, including associate dean for academic personnel, interim associate dean for academic programs, and head of the Department of English. Zomchick has a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s and doctorate in English literature from Columbia University.

For additional information about UTK, please review: https://www.utk.edu/

KNOXVILLE AREA

The City of Knoxville is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene, active neighborhoods, unique restaurants, outstanding athletic opportunities, and a robust offering of outdoor and cultural activities. Knoxville enjoys the charm of a small city with opportunities and activities that range from green energy initiatives and community greenways to thriving festival culture, music, culinary, and outdoor recreation scenes. Knoxville’s diverse community brings events such as the Asian Festival, Knoxville Opera’s Rossini Festival, Kuumba Festival, Hola Festival, the Big Ears Festival, Dogwood Arts Festival, and numerous other music festivals and artists. The city is also home to the Knoxville Museum of Art, East Tennessee History Museum, the Beck Cultural Center, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and UT Knoxville’s Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History. Citing both affordability and quality of life, U.S. News and World Report ranked Knoxville among the best places to live.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a statistical area population of over 850,000 people. Moderate home prices enable Knoxville residents to maintain a great standard of living, and commutes to campus are conveniently short. The Knoxville region houses many leading corporations, including Bush Brothers & Company, Clayton Homes, Discovery Inc., PetSafe/Radio Systems Corporation, Regal Cinemas, Pilot/Flying J, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. UTK is located within easy driving distance of Asheville, Nashville, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and the Great Smoky Mountains and is a day’s drive from Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

For more information about Knoxville, please review: http://www.knoxvillechamber.com/quality-life.

Application Instructions

Nominations, applications, and inquiries are being accepted for the position commencing immediately. For confidential inquiries and nominations, please contact Ms. Brooke M. Swart, Executive Recruiter at bswart@utk.edu.

Applications should include: (1) a letter of interest addressing the qualifications, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of leadership philosophy, (4) a statement of philosophy on diversity, equity and inclusion, and (5) the names and contact information (addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses) of five references. Materials should be submitted electronically via (Interfolio Site).  Priority consideration will be given to materials received by September 10th, 2021.

 

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Friday, July 30, 2021

Fordham's Recipients of the 2021 CLEA Outstanding Clinic Team Award

Via Prof. Paul Radvany


Emily Entwistle, Estelle Georges, Jocelyn Ng and Zulkifl Zargar from the Securities Arbitration Clinic are the recipients of CLEA’s Outstanding Clinic Team at Fordham Law School.

The four students worked on a case that was scheduled for a 4 day arbitration during the Spring 2020 semester. Their clients’ broker had defrauded them by churning their account and trading on margin without their knowledge or approval. As a result, they had lost most of their life savings. Because of Covid the case was originally postponed to the Fall but their clients wanted to have the arbitration over the summer. Due to the pandemic, the only option was to have it virtually. However, their adversary objected to having a virtual hearing. The students drafted one of the first motions to compel a virtual hearing and won the motion. The students then prepared for much of the summer. Preparation involved drafting a pre-arbitration brief, an opening statement and closing argument, and direct examination outlines. The students also had numerous prep sessions with both of their expert witnesses and their clients to ready them to testify. They also prepared to cross-examine several witnesses for the respondent. The case settled on the eve of arbitration after the students advocated at an all-day mediation and obtained a very favorable settlement. During the Spring semester, Estelle, Jocelyn and Zulkifl presented at a conference sponsored by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding broader lessons learned from their representation.

 

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

JOBS: Columbia Law School Clinics

Via Prof. Colleen Shanahan

Columbia Law School invites applicants for clinical faculty positions, across areas of practice and teaching experience. We continue to be interested in candidates who will help us build the next generation of clinics at CLS and welcome candidates to fill existing gaps in our curriculum and candidates who bring new ideas for clinical teaching. One area of interest is environmental law and environmental justice. Another area of interest is business law, which may include transactional, real estate, or tax law. Another area of interest is clinics that represent individuals in litigation matters.

 

We wish to hire faculty committed to providing a powerful individual and collective learning experience where students serve as the primary providers of legal services, under close faculty supervision. Creative and thoughtful teaching that focuses on student development, law reform and advancement of the profession are also central. Diversity – of life experience, perspectives and approaches to lawyering – is essential and a very high priority. We look forward to welcoming new colleagues who will help us build our program.

 

Clinical faculty positions at Columbia Law School are non-tenure track positions that are or are expected to lead to a long term, renewable contract. Although some clinical faculty engage in scholarly writing, there is no separate scholarship requirement, either at the time of hiring or during their time at CLS. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran.

 

We intend to move quickly this hiring season, and while we will accept applications on a rolling basis, we encourage candidates to submit materials by August 20th. To express your interest, please submit a C.V. and 1-2 page description of the clinic you hope to teach at Columbia Law School to this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/91213. Any questions can be sent to committee chair Prof. Colleen Shanahan at clinicalappointments@law.columbia.edu.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

International Conference on Legal Clinics and Access to Justice - online August 4-6, 2021

Ibmec University law school and Mackenzie Presbyterian University law school in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Universidad del Rosario law school in Bogota, Colombia, and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in Los Angeles, USA, are co-hosting the online (and free) International Conference on Legal Clinics and Access to Justice on August 4-6, 2021

This is a gathering of law school clinics and clinical professors from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other nations to discuss our work, build collaborations, and advance clinical legal education, access to justice, and the rule of law in our communities. 

See the schedule, speakers, panels, and more details in Portuguese, Spanish, and English below. 

The conference has space for 250, so please register here if you're interested in joining these conversations

Conference Flyer

Brochure Conference Cover

Conference Aug. 4 schedule

Conference Aug. 5 schedule

Conference Aug. 6 schedule

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

JOBS: UC Irvine Environmental Justice Clinic Fellowships

Via Prof. Michael Robinson-Dorn

Two Fellowship positions in the UC Irvine Environmental Justice Clinics: 

UC Irvine School of Law: Environmental Law Clinical Fellow

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for the position of Clinical Fellow in its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The fellowship is designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in environmental law with mentorship and experience to help the attorney launch a career in clinical teaching, or to serve as a bridge to a career in public interest environmental law.

UCI Law enjoys a dynamic clinical program that is ranked highly on nationwide surveys. The ELC is one of several core clinics at UC Irvine that meet the School of Law’s clinical requirement. Under close supervision, ELC students advise and represent organizational clients on a wide range of environmental justice and environmental law issues focused on the protection and conservation of human health and ecosystems. The nature of the ELC’s projects varies depending on client need, appropriateness of project for clinical teaching, student and faculty interest, and resource availability, but projects will likely include a mix of advocacy, counseling, and policy matters in multiple fora.

Working with the Director, the ELC Fellow will mentor and work closely with students in the representation of ELC clients and will participate in program development including community lawyering and outreach. The ELC Fellow will also have opportunities for teaching within the ELC, including assisting with the teaching of the ELC seminar. The current ELC Fellow’s work has been divided roughly evenly between environmental justice and natural resource matters.

The ELC Fellow is expected to be a vital part not only of the ELC, but also of the UCI Clinical Law Program, and the law faculty’s intellectual life more generally. As such, the ELC Fellow will receive mentoring, and can expect support in terms of career development.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates for the position must have:
(1) a J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school (3+ years’ experience preferred);
(2) a strong interest in working on environmental law and/or environmental justice matters;
(3) superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
(4) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to environmental law and/or environmental justice problems;
(5) the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff;
(6) a strong work ethic, and demonstrated understanding of the applicable ethical rules; and
(7) the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.
Additionally, the candidate should possess a record of exceptional academic success in law school.

NATURE OF THE APPOINTMENT
The ELC Fellow will report to the Environmental Law Clinic Director, and work closely ELC students, and another clinical Fellow. The position is a full time and may be extended to a period not to exceed 2 years.
Salary is up to $80,000/yr. depending on experience. The ELC Fellow will be eligible for UC benefits.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06894

Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter
Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
• A writing sample
• A complete law school transcript
Reference requirements

3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06894

Campus Information
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

 

 

UC Irvine School of Law: Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow (Environmental Justice)

Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic in the School of Law: To apply: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06893.

DESCRIPTION

The University of California, Irvine School of Law invites applications for the position of Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow in its Environmental Law Clinic (ELC). The fellowship is designed to provide an attorney who has a strong interest in environmental justice with mentorship to help the attorney to launch a career in clinical teaching, or serve as a bridge to a career in public interest environmental justice work.

UCI Law enjoys a dynamic clinical program, ranked highly on nationwide surveys. The ELC is one of several core clinics at UC Irvine that meet the School of Law’s clinical requirement. The nature of the ELC’s environmental justice projects varies depending on client need, appropriateness of project for clinical teaching, student and faculty interest, and resource availability, but projects will likely include a mix of advocacy, counseling, and policy matters in multiple fora.

Working alongside the ELC Director, the Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will mentor and work closely with students in the representation of disenfranchised and marginalized communities, and will participate in program development including community lawyering and outreach. The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will also have opportunities for teaching within the ELC, including assisting with the teaching of the ELC seminar.

The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow is expected to be a vital part not only of the ELC, but also of the UCI Clinical Law Program, and the law school’s intellectual life more generally. As such, the Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will receive mentoring, and can expect support in terms of career development.

QUALIFICATIONS

Candidates for the position must have:
(1) a J.D. from an A.B.A.-accredited law school, (3+ years of experience preferred);
(2) a strong interest in working on environmental justice issues;
(3) strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, including experience working with people from diverse backgrounds ;
(4) the ability to think imaginatively and critically about approaches to environmental justice problems;
(5) the ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, and administrators;
(6) the ability to work collaboratively with community groups, environmental justice communities, and environmental justice organizations;
(7) a strong work ethic, and demonstrated understanding of the applicable ethical rules; and;
(8) the ability to juggle multiple competing priorities and meet firm deadlines.

NATURE OF THE APPOINTMENT

The position is a full time, twelve-month staff appointment, with the possibility of extension for an additional year, but not to exceed 2 years total. The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will report to the ELC Director.
Salary is up to $80,000/yr. depending on experience. The Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow will be eligible for UC benefits.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All applicants must submit a cover letter, a statement of interest describing their background and specific interest in the Fellowship, Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence, a list of three references, a writing sample, and a resume or curriculum vitae using UC Irvine’s on-line application system, RECRUIT, located at: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06893

Application Requirements
Document requirements

Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
Cover Letter
Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to inclusive excellence will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. See our guidance for writing an inclusive excellence activities statement.
Statement of Interest in Environmental Justice Issues and this Fellowship
A writing sample
A complete law school transcript
Reference requirements

3 required (contact information only)
Apply link: https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06893

Campus Information
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

June 22, 2021 in Job Opportunities & Fellowships, Jobs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 21, 2021

Campbell Law recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award

Via Prof. Niya Fonville

The Campbell Law announcement of Lupe Howell as its recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student award: 

 

Lupe Howell ’21 has been named Campbell Law’s 2020-2021 Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Externship Student, announced Director of Externships Niya Fonville.

“Our students worked tirelessly to meet the demands of supervisors, clients and the class component this past year,” Fonville explained. “In acknowledgement of the valuable work externships provide, CLEA, the leading national group of experiential learning professionals, launched the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student Award this year.”

Each law school was permitted to nominate a 3L student. Recipients must have demonstrated excellence in both the field work and seminar components of the course, as evidenced by 1) the quality of representing clients or engaging in advocacy or policy reform and 2) the level of thoughtfulness and self-reflection in exploring issues raised in their placement (i.e. legal, ethical, strategic, etc.).

An excerpt from Fonville’s nomination of Howell follows:

“Placed in the Wake County District Attorney’s office, her supervisor states it best: ‘[Lupe] learned to quickly assess cases, facts, and statutes, while still making time to address the individual stakeholders of each case and make them feel valued. Lupe was an excellent team member and was always willing to jump in and help wherever help was needed.’ In class, Lupe’s reflective papers were thoughtful and intentional. I witnessed the evolution of her professional identity. As the immigrant of a country where trust in the government and law enforcement is lacking, her experience with the DA resulted in a shift in her perspective of responsibility and privilege of prosecutors. She also saw ways that she could serve historically under-supported citizens and still carry out her job as an ADA. Finally, she found ways to use opportunities to engage her family (including her small children) in optional assignments of attending programming and events…aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of the legal process and history of the legal system. Lupe herself sums up her experience best by stating: ‘This semester has been so full of personal growth that I don’t recognize myself anymore. I feel competent and confident in my ability to stand before a judge and argue my position without hesitation. If my 18-year-old self were to see me in a courtroom, I would not recognize myself. Confidence, poise, and articulation. All things I dreamed I would one day have, somehow came from one internship position…”

June 21, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Externships 11 at Pepperdine Caruso and UCLA, Feb. 18-20, 2022

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law and UCLA School of Law are proud to announce that we will jointly host the Externships 11 Conference February 18th - 20th, 2022. Participants will have the opportunity to spend time in Southern California on both campuses. The Externships 11 Conference will provide an exceptional opportunity for externship faculty and administrators from across the nation to convene after more than a year of distanced collaboration and share best practices and innovations.

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law provides well-established, extensive externship programs through the Clinical Education Program, Global Programs, and Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution that continually strive to expand and improve. Students enrolled in these programs participate in diverse externships from the Malibu campus, the Washington DC Externship Semester, the London program, and other international initiatives.

UCLA School of Law’s Externship Program places hundreds of students annually at placements across Greater Los Angeles, from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the Sundance Institute to the ACLU, as well as in Washington D.C. and the Hague. Students participate in seminars organized by practice area alongside their placements in order to deepen their reflection and their commitment to doing ethical, excellent legal work.

Please save the date and make plans to join us in Los Angeles and Malibu next year. More information, RFPs and details will be forthcoming throughout the year.

June 15, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 14, 2021

Co-Editor Priya Baskaran receives ABA Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award

Via Prof. Jayesh Rathod:

Professor Priya Baskaran, director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic at American University Washington College of Law and co-editor of this Clinical Law Prof Blog, has received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award (Academic category) from the ABA Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee. 

Here is part of the ABA’s press release, describing Priya’s impressive contributions that formed the basis for the award.  The full press release is available here

  

Outstanding Academic Award – for distinguished academic achievement in the nonprofit sector: Priya Baskaran, Assistant Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law


Priya Baskaran is an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (ELC) at American University Washington College of Law. Professor Baskaran is the founder and current director of the ELC, which provides free transactional legal services to organizations dedicated to economic justice and revitalization in greater Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the faculty at American University Washington College of Law, Professor Baskaran was an Associate Professor at West Virginia University College of Law where she taught in the Business Law curriculum and served as the Director of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic (EILC). Professor Baskaran has dedicated her teaching career to furthering economic justice in both urban and rural communities through transactional law. In West Virginia, she launched a novel program to address access to justice barriers faced by nonprofits and community organizations. Professor Baskaran partnered with Legal Aid of West Virginia to train transactional pro-bono attorneys and expand legal services across the state. As part of this collaboration Professor Baskaran provided ongoing training for Legal Aid attorneys on nonprofit organizations and relevant tax regulations. She also served as co-counsel for cases, assisting Legal Aid attorneys in more complex representations. In addition to her work with rural communities, Professor Baskaran also taught in the Social Enterprise & Nonprofit Law Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Visiting Professor and Supervising Attorney. Professor Baskaran previously worked as a Staff Attorney for the Community and Economic Development Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, where she provided transactional legal services to community-based organizations, non-profits, and small businesses in the City of Detroit.

Professor Baskaran’s publication and advocacy record reflects her passion for pursuing economic justice through transactional lawyering. She has written extensively on using transactional law and social enterprise to further economic justice. She has also worked closely with nonprofit organizations advocating for economic enfranchisement of returning citizens, including testifying before the West Virginia State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. As a teacher, Professor Baskaran encourages her students to embrace opportunities to facilitate change and support the public interest through transactional lawyering. She reminds students that such opportunities are not just limited to public interest careers, but through meaningful pro-bono engagements available to all attorneys—including those in traditional corporate practice.


June 14, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 11, 2021

Memphis recipients of the CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student and Extern Award

Via Prof. Danny Schaffzin from the post by the University of Memphis clinical faculty

 

The faculty of the University of Memphis School of Law Clinic and Externship Courses have selected Alexia Butler (’21) as the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student and Malik Luckett (’21) as the CLEA Outstanding Externship Student for the 2020-21 academic year.  

 

Professor Donna Harkness, Director of the Elder Law Clinic, detailed Alexia Butler’s many contributions as an Elder Clinic and Advanced Elder Law Clinic student:

 

As a qualified law student in the Elder Law Clinic during the fall 2020 semester, Alexia represented elderly indigent clients in matters ranging from wills to a real property tort dispute to enforcement of a marital dissolution agreement post-divorce. Each matter required her to engage in detailed factual investigation and review of past records, as well as legal research in pursuit of creative solutions to what often appeared to be intractable problems. As an Advanced Elder Law Clinic student during the spring 2021 semester, Alexia delved into the issue of isolation and lack of access to legal services among elderly residents of long term care facilities that had surfaced during the pandemic. She created a “Long Term Care and the Pandemic” survey and distributed it to various providers engaged in long term care to determine how the issue of access to justice was perceived by providers and discovered that while providers felt that access was sufficient, none could pinpoint just exactly what access was available at their own facilities. This finding led her to design enhanced community education materials relating to resident rights and access to legal services, and finally, to reach out to the local Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee for additional support and examination of the issue, which they have agreed to do. In short, she has been an invaluable asset to the Elder Law Clinic program during this academic year, and her efforts are expected to continue to have an impact following her graduation. 

 

Adjunct Professor Shawn McCarver, who teaches the Externship Course’s classroom seminar, described Malik Luckett’s standout performance in two field placements:

 

Malik Luckett has earned this recognition as the CLEA Externship Student of the Year at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Malik completed two externships during the 2020-21 academic year, the first at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Tennessee during the fall semester and the second in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Mark Norris of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee during the spring semester. Malik consistently received fabulous assessments from his field supervisors and colleagues in both placements. On the classroom side of the Externship Course, all of Malik's work and class contributions were outstanding.

June 11, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Loyola New Orleans Recipient for the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Team Award

Via Prof. Davida Finger

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice named Elizabeth K. Fox and Sarah J. Flettrich as the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Team. They were supervised by Professor Ramona Fernandez. 

Elizabeth (Beth) K. Fox and Sara J. Flettrich (Team Kinnett) are deserving of this award because of their outstanding clinic work in the Children’s Rights section of the clinic, supervised by Professor Ramona G. Fernandez.

Both, Beth and Sarah are student practitioners who possess the professionalism, work ethic, intellect, and skills to be a great, ethical and compassionate attorney. In the pursuit of social justice, they have truly done an outstanding job in representing indigent clients in paternity, custody, continuing tutorship, child support, divorce, succession cases and drafting Wills and Power of Attorneys for elderly people in the community. Both of these women represented their clients in status conferences, pre-trials, hearings, and trials. Beth is the lead attorney in a case challenging the constitutionality of La. C.C. Art. 198. This case will have significant impact in future Louisiana cases. They wrote the appellate brief and presented oral argument before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal where we had a favorable decision. The case was remanded. The case is now before the Louisiana State Supreme Court and Beth and Sarah, have written an original brief and two reply briefs. The case was set for oral argument before the Louisiana Supreme Court on May 11, 2021 and the students argued on behalf of the minor child.

Team Kinnet, has worked tirelessly not only on the appellate case, but also on several other individual cases. These two ladies found a ways to effectively work together and collaborate to get positive results for their clients. During the academic year, Team Kinnett logged in over one thousand two (1,200) hundred hours, while Beth was caring for her young son and recently a newborn and Sarah held a clerkship in a family law firm.

 

June 11, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Mitchell Hamline recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student

Via Prof. Brad Colbert

Each year the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) invites law schools to name outstanding clinical students and externs from their programs. This year Claire Beyer, from the LAMP and Reentry Clinics, received the award from Mitchell Hamline.

Here’s how Professors Geffen and Colbert described Ms. Beyer’s work:

Ms. Beyer has done an excellent job representing several clients in a wide range of cases. She represented several clients in expungement cases where she has been able to expunge her clients criminal records, enabling them to better reenter the community. Through her incredible hard work and diligence, the County has essentially rolled over, agreeing to every single one of our requests. Ms. Beyer also worked in our COVID release clinic where she helped people apply for conditional medical release, literally saving lives. Ms. Beyer has done her share of tilting at windmills, as happens with our clinics, but she has done so with enthusiasm, expertise, and a sense of humor.

June 10, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student

Via Prof. Elizabeth Bluestein

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles nominated Sarah Kwon for the CLEA Outstanding Clinic award; she who participated in both the Youth Justice Education Clinic and the Collateral Consequences of Conviction Project: 

Sarah enrolled in YJEC for her 2L year, throughout which she was a fierce advocate for her clients. She uncovered evidence that a school district had illegally exited a client from special education, denying him the services he needed for years. Through her perseverance, she corrected this issue and got the client back on track to graduate from high school. In addition, Sarah staunchly advocated on behalf of a young man facing transfer to adult court, to ensure his continued access to K-12 and college education despite the barriers created by Probation. With no template or informing precedent, Sarah filed YJEC’s first ever Ombudsman complaint to investigate Probation’s interference with her client’s access to school, particularly their refusal to escort students to school. She and another YJEC student filed a due process complaint against several school districts including Los Angeles County Office of Education for their failure to provide an appropriate education that addressed his disability-related needs. The complaint experimented with novel issues regarding our client’s illegal change in placement when he was placed in de facto solitary confinement at the HOPE Center for several weeks. Sarah’s research and well-written motions supported a successful extension of the statute of limitations so that our client could bring more claims in administrative court. As a result of Sarah’s staunch advocacy at mediation, our client now has access to compensatory education services and a parenting course.

 

Sarah was also nominated by the CCCJP, where she is enrolled for the Spring semester of her 3L year. Sarah had prior experience completing Petitions for Dismissal which is a large part of the legal reentry work that CCCJP provides. Sarah was successfully able to assist a client with a complex criminal “rap sheet” who had multiple convictions in several California counties. She is now researching Tennessee law in order to seal an arrest for a client. Sarah hopes to merge her experience in YJEC and CCCJP in order to provide post-conviction relief for cross-over youth who have aged out of the foster care system.

June 10, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Suffolk recipients for the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Student and Extern Award

Via Profs. Sarah Boonin and Mary Sawicki: 

 

Suffolk’s recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Clinical Student Award was graduating 3L, Femi Adeyemi:

 

. . . . Femi stood out in his excellence as a student in Suffolk’s Immigration Clinic. Femi’s first case was a detained bond matter, which he was assigned with another student. This was the first hearing for the year in the clinic and both students were nervous about appearing in court. Nevertheless, Femi volunteered to take the lead. He was dedicated to the case from beginning to end. He communicated regularly with the client and with his supervisor for guidance and feedback. He prepared a strong bond motion with supporting documents. At the bond hearing, it was evident that Femi had fully prepared his arguments as well as his client, and he delivered a very strong performance. Femi demonstrated initiative, courage, and leadership in his work on this case. Femi also worked on a Motion to Reopen that required attention to detail and careful organization. Again, Femi communicated regularly with his client, checked with his supervisor regularly, and prepared a strong motion with persuasive arguments, a strong affidavit, and substantial supporting documents. Femi also demonstrated excellence in the clinical seminar, successfully applying what he has learned in seminar to his cases. He was a generous colleague, volunteering to provide a Lexis training for the class and offering to help peers with their work. Finally, Femi epitomized professionalism and positivity. He went out of his way to exhibit kindness and respect when working with our administrative staff. He was a consistent positive and friendly presence in clinic – despite our virtual format.

 

Suffolk’s recipient of the CLEA Outstanding Extern was Ariana Campos:


Ariana Campos completed an externship at the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  Suffolk Law Professor Rene Reyes, who acted as Ariana’s faculty supervisor for the externship commented in his nomination of Ariana for the CLEA Extern Award, “As the highest court in the Commonwealth, the SJC decides some of the most consequential and complex questions posed under state law.  Despite the challenges associated with analyzing such a range of important issues on tight deadlines, Ariana consistently produced extremely high-quality memoranda and made significant contributions to the work of the Court.”

 

June 9, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law’s CLEA Outstanding Team Award

Via Prof. Michael Pinard on the recipients of the CLEA Outstanding Team Award from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law: 

Affectionately referred to as “Team Housing” during their time in the Public Health Law Clinic, Delaney Anderson, Kyle Kerega, and Mollie Soloway worked individually and together on a number of projects related to housing instability, eviction, and homelessness prevention—critical issues in the best of times; far beyond critical during the pandemic. They monitored housing-related legislation introduced before the Maryland General Assembly, Baltimore City Council, and Prince George’s County Council, updated and reported on legislation status in weekly legislative briefing calls, and testified before the Maryland General Assembly on bills related to right to counsel in landlord-tenant matters and sealing of eviction records. Kyle also teamed with the Mediation Clinic to testify on a bill that would have created a statewide eviction diversion program. Delaney testified before the Baltimore City Council on a homelessness prevention bill.


Delaney, Kyle, and Mollie also presented a webinar for the Network for Public Health Law. The webinar, entitled Housing Matters: Legal and Policy Approaches to Preventing Housing Instability, had more than 260 attendees and was very well received. Staff from the Network’s National Office and two law professors from other institutions reached out to praise their research, poise, and command of the subject matter. Following their presentation, Delaney, Kyle, and Mollie developed five separate fact sheets based on their webinar, which have been published on the Network’s website: 1. Housing Instability as a Social Determinant of Health, 2. Deterring Serial Evictions, 3. Eviction Diversion and Prevention Programs, 4. The Right to Counsel in Landlord-Tenant Matters, and 5. Limiting Public Access to Eviction Records, as well as a Law & Policy Pathways document that outlines these law and policy approaches in a user-friendly graphic format.


In addition, Delaney, Kyle, and Mollie participated in the Eviction Prevention Project Zoom Clinics, providing advice to clients with landlord-tenant issues through a partnership with Prince George’s County Community Schools. Each, working with social work students, embraced the opportunity to improve the housing situation for these families through counseling them about their rights, assisting them to fill out the CDC Moratorium declaration form, and representing them in efforts to improve their housing conditions.


In each aspect of their group work, Delaney, Mollie, and Kyle deferred to teamwork and a willingness to learn from each other in a way that truly benefitted their work product. As one example, they ran their drafts by one another for feedback before submitting to their professors, to ensure their best work product. Their ability to work together so efficiently resulted in an incredibly highly functioning team that has been a pleasure to work with and yielded excellent work product. They epitomized the essence of the CLEA Outstanding Team Award.

June 9, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law recipients for the CLEA Outstanding Clinic Team and Extern awards

Via the Pepperdine Caruso Surf Report:

Each year, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) invites law schools to name outstanding clinical students and externs from their programs. This year, the clinical faculty chose Ashley Feldman and Vivien Jin from the Community Justice Clinic as the Outstanding Clinical Team and Corey Straub as Outstanding Extern from the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law for 2020-2021.

 

Professor Jeff Baker described Ashley Feldman's and Vivien Jin's work in the Community Justice Clinic:

 

They worked diligently on a complex project advising a nonprofit client on the governing law and parameters for an app in development to increase access to medical care for rural women in Central America. The matter required research on conflicts of law issues and compliance with privacy and data laws for a transnational initiative to empower women in developing nations. It required creative lawyering, constant inquiry with the client, and close research on innovative ideas at the boundaries of tech, privacy, health, and international law.

 

Professor Sophia Hamilton, the Executive Director for Externships and Pro Bono, praised Corey Straub's work in this externship:

 

During his 2L year, Corey has excelled in his work with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. His work supervisor noted that, "Corey is a true talent. He has become a valued member of our team, and people enjoy and benefit from his research and perspective. I rely on him greatly, particularly in our impact and policy work. He is always willing to put in extra hours, jump in for urgent projects, and present in meetings. His research and writing is exemplary and has been asked to participate in drafting and editing portions of CPRA requests and complaints. I often forget he is a law student, as he rises to and exceeds expectations and challenges given to him."

 

Congratulations to these outstanding Caruso Law students for recognition well-deserved. 

June 8, 2021 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Midwest Clinical Conference (Nov. 5-7, 2021) and CFP for the Drake Law Review Symposium Issue on Clinical Legal Education

Via Prof. Suzan M. Pritchett:

While it was wonderful to see many of you virtually at the AALS Clinical Conference last week, we are excited to extend an invitation to you to attend the Midwest Clinical Conference in person this fall (circumstances permitting) at Drake Law School. We hope you can join us.

The Midwest Clinical Conference will be held on November 5-7, 2021 in Des Moines Iowa.  Additional information regarding the conference theme and a request for proposals will be circulated early this summer.

In addition, 2021 marks the Drake Legal Clinic’s 50th anniversary. The Drake Law Review is sponsoring a symposium issue celebrating clinical legal education and invites submissions for its Spring 2022 volume. Please see the attached Call for Papers for additional details. Authors will be invited to present at the Midwest Clinicians Conference in November.

Please contact Suzie Pritchett, Director of Clinics and Experiential Education, (suzan.pritchett@drake.edu) with any questions, and we hope to see you in November.

May 5, 2021 in Conferences and Meetings, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)