Clinic: Now With Videos!

We’ve added lots of video content to our website lately.  There’s a video from our Acting Director, Brenda Smith, about the program and application process more generally.  Each clinic has also recorded a segment with information about that clinic. We hope this will give students more opportunities to explore our offerings and find answers to some of their questions. To see the individual clinic videos, follow this link, then click on the clinic names on the left side of the screen.

Be The Lawyer!

Clinic recruitment is coming! Each year, we wage a wide-scale education campaign to help students understand what the Clinical Program is, how it can promote their educational and professional goals, and how the application process works.  Here are the highlights.

  • On Monday, February 20th, we’re having a general information session at 4:00 in Room 602.  We’ll have information tables afterward for the eleven clinics that comprise the program, so you can circulate and ask questions.
  • On Thursday, February 23rd, we’re having a luncheon co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity Services.  This is a chance for prospective clinic applicants to speak to current clinic students from a variety of backgrounds to find out what the program is really like.  Though faculty will show up at the beginning to say hello, they won’t stay for the event, so everyone can feel free to be candid with their questions and answers.  Please RSVP if you’d like to attend.
  • Over the next 3 weeks, there will be numerous clinic-specific small information sessions so that you can get more details about the programs that particularly interest you.  Note that applicants are REQUIRED to have attended at least one of these information sessions.  You’ll be able to see the final schedule here.
  • The application will be available on our website on Monday.
  • The application DEADLINE is Friday, March 9th, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • We will announce clinic selections by e-mail as early in April as possible.

Bottom line, there are many opportunities for students to learn about the program and determine which clinics interest them.

Other sources of information include our website, which contains a series of FAQs about the program. We also maintain feeds on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook and, of course, this blog.

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

Amy Myers on VAWA Re-Authorization

Amy Myers, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, was a guest on Diane Rehm this week, discussing the disappointingly controversial fight to reauthorize VAWA. Here’s the link for those who want to listen to her terrific performance!

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2012-02-13/objections-reauthorizing-violence-against-women-act

Why We Are Blogging

Blogging is a new frontier for us at the Clinic, and we’re excited about it.  It’s difficult to capture fully the flavor and texture of what we do on a garden-variety web page, and we think this blog can help.  On any given day, we might have students rushing to court, preparing filings, interviewing new clients, negotiating with opposing counsel, and facilitating a community meeting.  We see students who are exhilarated about a favorable outcome, and other students who are dejected that the system didn’t cut their client a break this time.  Students pass through the front office in a nervous frenzy about a mock trial exercise, or excitedly planning a creative presentation for their next case rounds.  We may hear 5 different languages spoken in a 30-minute span, and someone is usually drinking coffee somewhere.  Every day, our organization is about the students who make it work, and the people who trust those students to serve them.  It’s dynamic and exciting.

We’d like to use this blog to give snapshots of what we’re doing behind these doors.  Much of our work is a bit of a mystery to students who aren’t in the program, and we want students considering applying to Clinic to understand the variety of experiences our student attorneys are having.  This is our way of drawing back the curtain a little, to reflect on what we see, and what we and our students are learning together.