Title of Presentation: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice: The Role of the University-Based Legal Clinic
Names of all Presenters: Christopher Mbazira, Lisa Martin, Patricia Atim P’Odong, Stacy Brustin
Short Abstract: In this session faculty from the Public Interest Law Clinic [PILAC], the first university-based legal clinic in Uganda, and Catholic University’s Columbus Community Legal Services [CCLS], one of the first clinics in the United States, will explore the unique opportunities and challenges that university- affiliated clinics face in their efforts to affect social change. Both clinics collaborate with legal services agencies, policy organizations, courts, and university researchers to broaden the impact of their social justice work. Students staff court-based resource centers and mobile service clinics; partner with NGOs on poverty and human rights initiatives, conduct studies with the assistance of researchers in other departments of the universities, and sponsor conferences to encourage community leaders to improve access to justice. We will share lessons learned, teaching methods and materials used to prepare students for their roles in these community-based endeavors.
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