“I want to exercise my right to die tomorrow”

By Elizabeth Thomas for GlobalJusticeBlog.com On a daily basis, we see a fair number of mentally ill clients. Since starting my work with the SAHRC, I’ve read complaints that range from illegible markings on a napkin to eloquent quasi-slam poetry about the patriarchy of educational institutions. You never know where that person is coming from, or whether […]

Public Policy Clinic Advances Work to Dismantle School-to-Prison Pipeline in Utah

By Stephanie Pitcher for PublicPolicyClinic.org. The Public Policy Clinic has been forging ahead with several great projects this semester, building on the work from our recently published report and promoting community-wide conversations that would help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in Utah. Currently, the Clinic is focusing many of its efforts on outreach to school districts […]

Serving the Needy through the Clinical Program

 A Clinical Law School Panel 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Room 106 Students are invited to attend this event. Panel members include representatives from Utah Legal Services, Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association, Open Legal Services, Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, and Jensie Anderson and Emily Chiang representing the SJQ in-house Public Policy Clinic. Lunch provided.

Former Interns Describe Experiences

In this story 2L students Edward Prignano and Victoria Bunch describe why you should do a Civil Clinic: to gain skills, network, learn from a role model, and even to have something to talk about in job interviews! For the spring semester, most placements are open, but they will be filled on a first applied/first filled basis. Apply soon to increase the likelihood that you will be placed in your preferred office. Torie and Eddie completed Civil Clinic internships last summer; continue reading to learn about their work at Utah Legal Services and Legal Aid Society and its impact.

Practice Your Lawyering Skills

Civil Clinic students take Lawyering Skills Survey, which will be taught by Adjunct Professor Benjamin Cook on Monday/Tuesday mornings at 10:45 a.m. during the spring semester. Professor Cook has extensive national and international experience as a mediator and is currently working on mediation training projects in Nigeria and Uganda. He has taught negotiation at the Harvard Negotiation Institute. In the following story, two students currently enrolled in the Lawyering Skills course, Kelsey Forsyth and Joshua Lindley, talk about the class and their Civil Clinics.

Update: Using Lexis or Westlaw during Clinical Internships

The policies of both Lexis and Westlaw permit interns to use their research tools when doing work in the course of their Clinical Program internships. However, it is unethical for a private attorney to ask his paid law student clerk to use Westlaw or Lexis to research matters for the private law office. Continue reading for the policies.

Reflection on Civil Clinic Experience

The following reflection was written by a Civil Clinic intern: After I turned in the memo, I was surprised by how the supervising attorney’s positive feedback affected my self-esteem. In law school you are taught to go to class and take one test in which you hope that you regurgitated all of the case law correctly. Soon after I’ll receive a grade that I’m usually disappointed in, and never receive any constructive criticism to improve my performance. Since I was accustomed to that reality, I was surprised and thrilled when my supervising attorney appreciated all of my hard work and used my memo in court.

Learn More about Civil Clinic Placements

For a brief description of some popular Civil Clinic placements, along with students’ comments about their experiences, read on. Note that there are three new Civil Clinic placements: Lawyers Helping Veterans, the Utah State Law Library located at the Matheson Courthouse, and the Athletics Compliance Office at the University of Utah.

Lewis Award Winners Announced

Five recent graduates have been selected for the David T. Lewis Clinical Award for their dedication to clinical work: Sandi Clemens, April Cobb, Katelyn Farley, Aaron Poff, and Barry Stratford. Please join us in congratulating these students and the other 20 nominees for the Lewis Award from the Class of 2012 for their excellence. The 90% Clinical Program participation rate of this graduating class was likely a new record! The Class of 2012 contributed over 37,150 clinical volunteer hours.

Update: The Portfolio Writing Requirement, Judicial Interns, and more

The Clinical Program asked judges who routinely work with Quinney law interns if they would consider allowing work product from judicial clinics to be used in a student’s writing portfolio. In short, some judges will decide on an individual basis if their chambers will allow work done during the clinic to be used; other judges have decided that they will not consider it at all. More details in the full story.