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CLINIC NEWS
SPRING 2010                                                                                                    CLINIC NEWS




EXPANSION AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
The Legal Clinic at Saint Louis University School of Law has expanded in physical space,
number of faculty, and most importantly, in the number of students it serves, offering
                                                              opportunities to close to
                                                              300 students per year.

                                                                  The Clinic‟s new addition
                                                                  which, when coupled with
                                                                  renovations to the existing
                                                                  facility, provides for a new
                                                                  student workroom, a con-              Dana Malkus
                                                                  ference room and new fac-
                                                                   ulty offices. With the new
Students, faculty and staff of the Legal Clinic gather for         space, came the hiring of
the start of the fall semester outside the recently ex-
panded and renovated slu school of Law legal Clinic .              two additional clinic faculty
                                                                   members.

Dana Malkus, who served as an associate at the law firm of Lewis Rice & Fingersh after
clerking for a federal district court judge, is starting a new Community and Economic De-
velopment Clinic.

Brendan Roediger, who most recently served as an instructor at Washington University‟s                  Brendan Roediger
Civil Justice Clinic and prior to that was a legal aid attorney, will supervise students in the
Litigation Clinic.


Clinic Highlights                                                                                 Inside this issue:
Clinic students Kristin Dougherty, Sheena Hamilton and Meredith Webster com-
peted into the final rounds of the ABA National Moot Court Competition in Feb-                     Clinic Descriptions        2
ruary.                                                                                              CED Clinic
                                                                                                    Child Advocacy Clinic
Clinic students helped hundreds of homeless veterans at the recent Stand Down
for Homeless Veterans.
                                                                                                    Criminal Defense Clinic
                                                                                                    Elder Law Clinic
Clinic student Portia Kaiser has won two cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals in                  Externship Clinic
which she wrote the briefs and presented oral argument.                                             Judicial Process Clinic
                                                                                                    Family Law Clinic
Dr. Barbara Gilchrist was recently appointed to the State Board of Senior Services.
                                                                                                    Immigration Law Clinic
Associate Professor Susan McGraugh was recently appointed to the Missouri Su-                       Litigation Clinic
preme Court on Procedure in Criminal Cases.                                                         Mediation Clinic

Assistant Professor Tricia Harrison wrote an editorial on race relations which was
                                                                                                   Student Perspectives 6
published in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
                                                                                                   Special Events             9
Assistant Professor Amany Ragab Hacking is currently serving on the Board of
Interfaith Legal Services for Immigrants as well as the Legal Committee of the
ACLU.
                          More details in the following pages
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CED Clinic (Community & Economic Development Clinic)
Dana M. Malkus                                                enable a first-time homebuyer to pur-        clear and concise guidance to its
Assistant Clinical Professor                                  chase Florissant‟s first LEED-certified      small business clients regarding
Supervising Attorney                                          Platinum house. When this closing is         their responsibilities as employers.
                                                              complete,                                    We are also assisting three indi-
The Community & Economic Devel-                               this home-                                   viduals who are starting their own
opment Clinic provides direct repre-                          buyer‟s                                      nonprofit organizations, all of
sentation to entrepreneurs, small busi-                       housing and                                  which will then be able to provide
nesses, nonprofit organizations, and real estate develop-     utility costs                                services to those in need. In addi-
ers on a range of matters including business and non-         will be dra-                                 tion, we have reviewed and of-
profit structuring and formation, internal operational        matically                                    fered advice to small business and
issues, contract drafting and review, loan document re-       lower than                                   nonprofit clients concerning cur-
view, employee management issues, regulatory compli-          their current                                rent and potential leasing arrange-
ance issues, and real estate matters.                         levels. Students have also provided          ments to house their operations.
                                                              counsel to Cornerstone, a nonprofit pro-
This semester, the CED Clinic students have worked on         vider of affordable rental housing in theOur work this semester has also
a variety of projects. Several students have provided legal   city.                                    included representing a tenant
assistance to Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, a local non-                                             organization as it deals with the
profit affordable housing developer. Students have been       In addition to our real estate work this ups and downs of a multi-million
working to complete numerous post-closing items from          semester, students have worked with dollar redevelopment project util-
the 31 closings we conducted during the Fall 2009 semes-      nonprofit organizations and small busi- izing state and federal funding.
ter (representing the addition of approximately $3.3 mil-     ness owners. We have provided assis-
lion in affordable housing stock to the St. Louis area).      tance to a local nonprofit organization The CED Clinic students have
Other students have been planning and preparing docu-         which serves start-up small businesses. been afforded numerous opportu-
ments for the upcoming Habitat closings taking place          Because of the work students are doing, nities to help those in need, while
later this year. Two students are working with Habitat to     this nonprofit will be able to provide
                                                                                                       also gaining a great deal of practi-
                                                                                                       cal transactional legal experience.

Child Advocacy Clinic
Tricia Harrison                                               Public Defender System, the CAC also
Assistant Clinical Professor                                  takes appellate cases across the state
Supervising Attorney                                          concerning important issues of juve-
                                                              nile law. Currently, we have cases
The Child Advocacy Clinic (CAC) is                            pending in the Western District and
designed to provide holistic advocacy to                      Eastern District Court of Appeals.
children and families in the St. Louis                        Students perform research, draft briefs
area who do not qualify for other available free legal ser-   and handle oral argument in the Court
vices. CAC students work on a variety of cases related to     of Appeals.
children, and in the St. Louis City Family Court, Juvenile    The CAC also collaborates in a medical-legal partnership called St. Louis
Division, students represent teens who are detained for       Children‟s Health Advocacy Project (S-CHAP) with Legal Services of East-
delinquent acts. This litigation allows students the oppor-   ern Missouri. This partnership places 2-3 students on site at the Grace Hill
tunity to handle a detention hearing through the trial and    Child Development Center, Cardinal Glennon Children‟s Hospital and The
disposition phase of the case. As the cases turn over very    SPOT. The SPOT is a free medical clinic for at-risk teens. CAC students
quickly, students meet the client soon after arrest and       interview teens struggling with various legal issues and provide free legal ser-
prepare the case for trial. Students conduct depositions,     vices concerning municipal court and criminal matters, housing issues, and
case investigation and motion practice to prepare for the     school-related issues. The students collaborate with the case managers and
hearings. Trial skills are taught in the course to prepare    medical providers to ensure that the clients receive holistic services to ad-
them for cross-examining witnesses and presenting de-         dress all of their needs. Students are able to also interview families whose
fense evidence at trial. To alleviate the burden on the       younger children are in need of school assistance or benefits.
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Criminal Defense Clinic
Susan McGraugh                              sons who are “working poor”, with assets            greater St. Louis area. This semester, stu-
Associate Clinical Professor                marginally above the income guidelines              dents are interning at the Madison County
Supervising Attorney                        which would allow them to obtain represen-          and St. Clair County Public Defender Of-
                                            tation by the public defender. Students are         fices in Illinois, as well as the Office of the
Students in the In-House                    active in all aspects of representation, in-        Federal Defender in St. Louis. Five stu-
Criminal Defense Clinic are representing    cluding obtaining records, negotiating plea         dents are interning at the Office of the St.
persons charged with misdemeanor criminal deals, taking depositions and preparing for           Louis City Public Defender. These externs
offenses. Working in the Court of Judge     trials.                                             are conducting preliminary hearings, inter-
Paula Bryant of the 22nd Judicial Circuit,                                                      viewing clients and second seating felony
                                            Several students are also working as interns
students interview and represent those per- at various public defender offices in the           trials.




Elder Law Clinic
Barbara J. Gilchrist                             for hearing, students prepare clients for testifying and then appear at the hearing. Rule 13
Clinical Professor                               certified students are allowed to conduct the examination of our client and any other wit-
Supervising Attorney                             nesses.
                                                 The second largest category of work is simple estate planning. Again, students interview
The Elder Law Clinic serves                      clients and then prepare powers of attorney, wills, living wills, and beneficiary deeds. We
primarily older clients or their family mem-     also advise clients on how to set up transfer on death (TOD) and payable on death (POD)
bers and the majority of our cases are adult     arrangements for bank accounts and vehicles. Once the documents have been completed
guardianships. Students interview clients,       to the client‟s satisfaction, the client comes into the office, or when necessary, the student
prepare pleadings, and request medical re-       (and notary and witnesses) go to the client‟s home, so that the documents can be properly
ports. Once the case has been filed and set      executed.



Family Law Clinic                                                                                     Immigration Law Clinic
Marie A. Kenyon                                                                                        The Catholic Immigration Law Pro-
Managing Attorney                                                                                      ject (CILP), operating under Catho-
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry                                                                     lic Charities of the Archdiocese of
                                                                                                       St. Louis, also makes its home in the
Students interested in family law are                                                                  Legal Clinic. Advocates represent
given the opportunity to work with                                                                     clients with a variety of immigration
attorneys from Catholic Legal Assis-                                                                   and citizenship needs and supervise
tance Ministry (CLAM) operating                                                                        students from the Clinics who work
under Catholic Charities of the                                                                        on these cases. One of the primary
Archdiocese of St. Louis. Housed                                                                       aims of the Project is to keep fami-
in office space provided in the Legal Clinic students and staff met with the President of Bosnia,      lies together, so staff members and
Clinic, students work with CLAM       Zeljko Komsic, during his visit to St. Louis and received thanks students work a great deal on citi-
attorneys representing abused         for their work in helping Bosnian immigrants. From left to       zenship, immigration, naturalization
women and serving as guardians ad right: Event organizer Ibrahim Vajzovic, Nedim Ramic, ‘08,           and adjustment of status cases, along
litem for abused and neglected chil- Jillian Wood, ‘09, Zeljko Komsic, Jasminka Hadzibegovic of with asylum cases and immigration
dren.                                 CILP, Bosnian Ambassador to the U.S. Bisera Turkovic,            violations.
                                       Catholic Legal Assistance Hannah Willmann, ‘07, Director
                                       Marie Kenyon, and Rachel Aitchison, ‘07.
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Externship Clinic

Amany Ragab Hacking                              trial agreements.                                    lawyers in pending lawsuits involving juve-
Asst. Clinical Professor                                                                              niles. Students have also worked with the
Supervising Attorney                             Students who would like to work on their             EEOC on employment cases and with the
                                                 trial skills and are interested in criminal work     Attorney General‟s Office in one of its
                                                 often select a prosecution placement and             many divisions.
The Externship Clinic                            have been placed at state prosecutor‟s of-
provides students with hands-on legal            fices in St. Louis City, St. Louis County,           For those students interested in tax or
opportunities in several practice areas.         Madison County, as well as the United States         transactional work, the Externship Clinic
Students get the benefit of working with         Attorney‟s offices in Missouri and Illinois.         offers the unique opportunity to work
practicing lawyers in the legal area of their    Students use their Rule 13 or Rule 7-11 prac-        with the IRS or the IRS Office of Ap-
interest, while under the supervision of a       tice licenses and have conducted preliminary         peals. Students are also placed with the
full-time faculty member.                        hearings, tried their own misdemeanor cases,         University‟s in-house general counsel‟s
                                                 and second-chaired felony trials.                    office, where they assist the attorneys with
Each semester, students may choose from                                                               a variety of legal issues, from real estate
the following practice areas: health law,        Students interested in civil litigation or pub-      transactions to employment contracts.
prosecution, civil litigation/public interest,   lic interest work have several externship            In the summer semester for the first time,
and tax/transactional. Students work in          placement options, including legal services in       the externship clinic is offering a few
general counsels‟ offices with one of the        Missouri or Illinois, or the ACLU where              placements outside of the St. Louis area.
several health systems in the St. Louis          indigent clients are represented in various          Students may work in Jefferson City at the
area, including BJC, Ascension, or Sisters       legal issues, from landlord-tenant, to family        Attorney General‟s Office or the Depart-
of Mercy. Other students are placed at           issues, to immigration, to civil rights viola-       ment of Health and Human Services.
the United States Attorney‟s Office in           tions. Other placements include the St.
Missouri or Illinois who prosecute doctors       Louis City and St. Louis County Counselor‟s
and health systems for such crimes. Stu-         offices, where students defend the City or           New Summer Externship Program
dents have assisted in the preparation of        County against civil suits or assist in bringing
trials, attended mediations, researched          suits against residents on behalf of the City        This summer, for the first time, students
complex and timely health care issues,           or County. In a family court placement in            may be placed with Bridges Across Bor-
reviewed and drafted contracts for clinical      St. Louis City or County, students assist the        ders Southeast Asia‟s International Hu-
                                                                                                      man Rights Externship in Thailand.




Judicial Externship Clinic

In the Judicial Externship Clinic, students       In the spring semester, students are given        New Summer Judicial Externship Program
are placed with judges in state and federal       an additional opportunity to work at the
trial and appellate courts where they work        Missouri Court of Appeals for the East-           For the first time, this summer, students may
as part-time law clerks. Students, depend-        ern District. Students have to apply              have the opportunity to work with a Missouri
ing on the particular chambers, will engage       separately for this program and are inter-        Supreme Court judge in Jefferson City. Stu-
in extensive legal research, draft a series of    viewed and selected by the particular             dents interested in this externship, should indi-
legal memoranda relevant to the cases             judge at this Court. Students at this             cate so on their registration and contact Pro-
under submission by the courts, as well as        Court assist the judge and his or her             fessor Hacking, the Supervisor of the Judicial
observe hearings, trials and other court          clerks in preparing bench briefs and in           Externship Clinic.
proceedings from the unique perspective           the preparation of final opinions, as well
of the judge and his or her chambers.             as observe oral arguments.
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Litigation Clinic
John J. Ammann                                   Brendan Roediger                                  cipients and other low-income tenants
Clinic Director                                  Asst. Clinical Professor                          in the St. Louis area, challenging unlaw-
Clinical Professor                               Supervising Attorney                              ful evictions and sub-standard housing
Supervising Attorney                                                                               conditions. Students engage in motion
                                                                                                   practice and aggressive negotiation, but
                                                                                                   many of the cases ultimately proceed to
Students in the Litigation                       Students also work in                             trial with students serving as lead coun-
Clinic are writing briefs and                    the areas of consumer rights and housing          sel.
presenting oral argument in the Missouri         preservation. The Clinic provides direct
Court of Appeals, assisting workers who have     representation to indigent clients in a variety   The Clinic is designed to provide real-
lost their jobs and have been denied unem-       of civil cases with students serving as pri-      world client advocacy skills while ex-
ployment compensation. Students meet with        mary counsel through every stage of the           posing students to systemic shortcom-
the clients, review the record and draft the     litigation process, from the initial interview    ings and the importance of social justice
Appellant‟s Brief and Reply brief. Then stu-     through trial.                                    lawyering. Students develop advanced
dents argue before a three-judge panel of the                                                      client-counseling skills, produce long-
Court of Appeals, with lawyers from the Mis-     The Clinic is currently engaged in litigation     term case plans, conduct discovery, and
souri Division of Employment Security argu-      under Missouri‟s new foreclosure rescue           learn the essentials of effective trial
ing on behalf of the State. Many practicing      fraud legislation, seeking to protect home        practice. The goal is to serve the com-
lawyers wait years to have the experience ar-    owners who fall victim to complex equity-         munity in which we are situated, while
guing in an appellate court.                     stripping schemes. Additionally, students         providing students with the skills neces-
                                                 represent low-income residents of the met-        sary to provide proficient and zealous
Litigation Clinic students are also working      ropolitan area facing abusive land install-       client advocacy post-graduation.
with private attorneys and attorneys from        ment contract practices, including repeated
Legal Services on litigation which impacts       failure to disclose structural defects and pro-   In addition to supervising students in
thousands of Missourians. Students are           hibited contractual terms.                        the Litigation Clinic, Professor Roediger
working with these legal teams to ensure poor                                                      is the Law School pro-bono coordina-
Missourians get the public benefits which the    The Clinic regularly defends debtors in St.       tor. Students and faculty work side by
law requires that they receive. By interview-    Louis City and County trial courts facing         side on various public service projects
ing clients and drafting pleadings and discov-   abusive collection practices. Additionally,       throughout the year. This spring, Pro-
ery, students are learning about how impact      students appear on behalf of Section 8 re-        fessor Roediger and two Clinic students
litigation works through the judicial system.                                                      worked with Project Citizen at North-
                                                                                                   west Academy. The Clinic students
                                                                                                   assisted two classrooms in the high
                                                                                                   school as they developed public policy
                                                                                                   projects addressing facing the commu-
                                                                                                   nity.



                                                                         Professor Roediger discusses improvements to social
                                                                         services for the homeless with students participating in
                                                                         Project Citizen in Northwest Academy.
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Student Reflections

Sam Geisler                                                             with small businesses, non-profit organizations, and real estate de-
Criminal Defense Clinic                                                 velopers and gain experience in business and nonprofit formation,
                                                                        contract drafting and review, loan document review, and real estate
Hands-on experience was a given. As a third-year working with           issues.
Prof. Susan McGraugh in the In-House Criminal Defense Clinic, I
figured I would write some motions and interview clients. But, I        Effectively addressing client concerns, researching, and communi-
had no idea. Three weeks in, I met with a client at the                 cating relevant legal information while dealing directly with clients is
“workhouse,” a medium security jail north of the city. His proba-       invaluable legal experience that is difficult to learn in a classroom
tion revocation hearing was two days away. Once there, I was            setting. The additional benefits of refining time management and
buzzed in and took a seat across from the metal gate that separated     organization skills make the Legal Clinic experience one that will
us. He told me his story. I listened.                                   continue to reward any law student throughout law school and in
                                                                        future law practice.
The morning of the hearing, I sat beside him and positioned his
papers to help him sign his name in handcuffs. We reviewed our          Kate Mortensen
earlier talk and discussed possibilities. Once the Judge called his     CED Clinic
name, I stood. I made the case for a continuation of his probation
and his enrollment in a controlled treatment program, not prison.       Transactional work does not have a reputation for being “sexy” like
The prosecutor countered, saying there was no evidence that he          trial work. I‟ve heard jokes about the “paper-pushers” who agonize
would finish the program. The Judge asked my client what he had         over defined terms instead of trial theory and debate over due dili-
to say. When my client stood, I had no idea what he would say. In       gence periods instead of sentencing terms. However, through the
a quiet, sincere tone, he explained that he was older; that he wanted   Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic, I have
to put his life back on track and knew he needed help to get there.     been able to see the “sexier” side of transactional work and further
Amid total silence, he nearly whispered: “Your honor, I want to         appreciate what it is we “paper-pushers” do.
vote.” Here, I learned the best lesson the Clinic can offer: that ad-
vocacy, at its best, is giving those without a voice the chance to      As part of the CED Clinic, I have had the privilege of working with
have their own voice heard. In the end, my client was successful.       Habitat for Humanity St. Louis. One of the responsibilities I have
But, success went far beyond the court‟s ruling.                        been given is to prepare many of the closing documents for a new
                                                                        homeowner and then explain them to her. I saw her tear with joy
Alexandra Welsko                                                        when we told her that she didn‟t have to come up with a down pay-
CED Clinic                                                              ment. I saw the excitement on her face when we told her the move-
                                                                        in date. My paperwork helped this woman achieve a lifetime dream
As a part-time law student it is easy to conclude that some of the      for her and her family.
traditional opportunities associated with a legal education are not
available to you and your full-time work schedule. Moot court, law      Some of my fellow CED Clinic members are helping people pursue
journal, summer associate positions, and externships all offer valu-    their dreams by starting non-profits and small businesses. Others in
able legal experience during law school but can often be nearly im-     the transactional field are making sure people can rest easy knowing
possible to add to a part-time student‟s 40-hour work week. Two         where their assets will go when they pass on or are helping people
semesters away from completing my law school journey, my lack of        patent their ideas to protect their intellectual property. This world
practical legal experience was of great concern to me, especially       operates on contracts and commercial paper and without us “paper-
considering the current job market for new attorneys. After investi-    pushers” things wouldn‟t operate properly.
gating the available options, I was happy to discover that the Legal
                                                                    SLU Law‟s addition of a transactional clinic is a great asset to stu-
Clinic offers students the opportunity to gain legal experience work-
                                                                    dents who want to get a full picture of the legal field. Some of the
ing in the Clinic for 9 to 12 hours per week for a semester to earn 3
or 4 credit hours.                                                  individuals in the clinic want to go into litigation, but are learning
                                                                    how to operate in a transactional world to be well-rounded lawyers.
Adding the clinic to my regular work and class schedule involved    Some are thinking about starting their own practices and need to
negotiating with my employer and some adjusting of my regular       know how to do it all so they can provide a full-service law-firm.
work hours. However, after only a few days working in the Clinic, I And some, like me, look forward to being a transactional lawyer,
was convinced that the experience was worth the (even more) hec- helping the world operate in an orderly fashion, helping give people
tic schedule. The Clinic offers students the opportunity to work in peace of mind, and doing the paperwork necessary for people to
a number of different practice areas, and I chose the Community     achieve their dreams.
and Economic Development Clinic. In this Clinic, students work
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Student Reflections (Cont’d)
Susan Musser                                                            rare opportunity to observe the behind-the-scenes operation of a
Externship Clinic                                                       Judge‟s chambers and the decision-making process. The Judicial
                                                                        Externship took the seemingly intangible concepts discussed in the
This semester I am externing at the Missouri Attorney General‟s         classroom and placed them in my hands as I considered and re-
office and am currently working in the Public Safety Division. This searched legal issues for the Judge‟s consideration.
division is composed of two parts in the St. Louis office, the habeas
division, and the criminal prosecution division.                        My Judicial Externship has provided beneficial experience for my
                                                                        future legal career because I was able to observe many instances of
The habeas division has been an excellent source of legal research      attorneys navigating the court system, both in person before the
and writing assignments. Every week there are interesting and nu- court and through their written submissions, and by participating in
anced tasks dealing with anything from criminal procedure to pris- the decision-making process. Intrigued by my Judicial Externship
oner‟s due process rights. My assignments have consisted primarily experience, I applied for a judicial clerkship and am looking forward
of researching a particular topic and then drafting a memo. This        to a two year clerkship with Judge Sippel following graduation.
opportunity has been an excellent way to sharpen my research and
writing scales as well as learn to traverse the perilous terrain of ha- Portia Kaiser
beas appeals.                                                           Litigation Clinic

The second division is criminal prosecutions. The Missouri Attor-        How many law students have the opportunity to write an appellate
ney General‟s office handles all cases in the Eastern half of Missouri   brief and argue it before the Court of Appeals? The SLU Legal
where the prosecutor has a conflict of interest or where the prose-      Clinic gives students just such an opportunity, and builds confi-
cutor does not have the experience to handle the case. The office,       dence and skills in new lawyers while serving the needs of the com-
therefore, sees an incredible breadth of cases ranging from white        munity.
collar crime to assault. I have had the opportunity to assist in a
variety of ways by drafting numerous motions in limine, addressing   I had the opportunity to work in the Clinic during the fall 2009
evidentiary issues and also creating trial exhibits. I have accompa- semester, and it was one of the pivotal experiences that frames a
nied an attorney to trial and learned from both observation and      person‟s education. My clinical journey began with an unemploy-
asking questions about trial strategy and tactics.                   ment compensation appeal. That single appeal turned into two
                                                                     appeals, two administrative hearings and a sprinkling of traffic and
Working at the Attorney General‟s Office has already been a terrific civil cases. Each case provided different challenges, types of legal
experience. In the weeks to come, I will be conducting a deposition advocacy, and opportunities to learn.
as well as handling a preliminary hearing. This experience has given
me more confidence in my abilities as an attorney and has given me The highlight was arguing before the Missouri Court of Appeals for
an opportunity to develop trial skills in a supportive and informa-  the Eastern District. Moot court provides speaking practice, but
tive setting. Working at the Attorney General‟s Office has been      there is a distinctly different feeling in real court. Standing before
great and I am looking forward to the rest of the semester.          the court for the first time was nerve racking, but as soon as I got
                                                                      the first question, the butterflies went away and the argument be-
Elisa Clark                                                           came a conversation between the judges and e. Instead of being the
Judicial Process Clinic                                               product of a made up problem, the questions related directly to the
                                                                      record I had spent so many hours reviewing, and the legal argu-
The Judicial Externship added an unexpected twist to the first se-
                                                                      ments my supervising attorney, John Ammann, and I crafted. Most
mester of my final year of law school. I pursued a Judicial Extern-
                                                                      importantly, it was about the client. Standing up for the rights of an
ship because I wanted to have a hands-on, practical learning experi- individual is both an awesome responsibility and an enormous
ence outside of the School of Law and was also interested in the
                                                                      honor. This week I got to call a client and tell him that we pre-
Judicial Externship because it provides a unique glimpse into the
                                                                      vailed. His gratitude and confidence in my abilities made me feel
courthouse, where the law is interpreted and decisions are made.
                                                                      like I was on top of the world. I thanked him for the privilege of
                                                                      being allowed to represent him and for his faith in me.
I was placed with Judge Rodney W. Sippel of the United States Dis-
trict Court in the Eastern District of Missouri, which provided fan-
                                                                      Clinic experience offers opportunities at many levels, from learning
tastic learning opportunities. My semester in Judge Sippel‟s cham-
                                                                      how to interact with clients, lawyers, prosecutors, and judges, to
bers included drafting several orders, conducting legal research, and seeing exactly how best to advocate for your client. There will be
attending many types of court proceedings such as plea hearings,
                                                                      no other time in your career where your supervising attorney‟s pri-
sentencings, Rule 16 conferences, and jury trials. I experienced
                                                                      mary goal is truly to teach you how to be an attorney in such a prac-
more than I expected because I was able to regularly interact with
                                                                      tical and meaningful way.
the Judge, his law clerks, and other court personnel. I also had a
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Student Reflections (Cont’d)
Lauren Groebe and Kati Larson                                            The SPOT for the entire afternoon to get a medical exam, check in
Child Advocacy Clinic—CHAP                                               with the career counselor, and grab a bite to eat. It only makes
                                                                         sense that someone should be there to help them with their legal
Working with the Children‟s Health Advocacy Project (CHAP) this          trouble as well. The Clinic approached the SPOT to offer their cli-
semester has shown us the infinite benefits of medical and legal         ents free legal services under the medical legal partnership of
professionals working together to provide services to children and       CHAP.
their families. As law student members of CHAP, we work closely
with our CHAP supervisors - Lucas Caldwell-McMillan and Latasha          Word is getting out about the legal services offered by the SLU
Barnes. Both are extremely passionate about the work they do to          Child Advocacy Clinic. Every week, more and more clients ap-
help these families and their enthusiasm is contagious. As they train    proach to discuss their legal concerns. Some just want advice as to
us in the specific legal issues CHAP encounters, it has become clear     what kind of trouble a fake ID might get them into or questions
that there is a strong social component intertwined in the health        concerning curfew laws. Others have more serious issues and do
and safety of these children. If a child has asthma, any medication a    not know how to navigate through the legal system such as traffic
doctor prescribes will not remove the mold growing in the child‟s        or Metro-link tickets, landlord-tenant issues, criminal matters and
bedroom aggravating his asthma every time it rains. All the suspen-      warrants for failure to appear in court. It is impossible to get a new
sions a school can administer will not correct the behavior of a         job, housing or sometimes return to school if you have warrants or
child diagnosed with ADHD who disrupts the classroom on a daily          pending cases. Our job is to help them resolve what may seem
basis. This is where CHAP steps in. The program fills the gap            small, but in reality prevents them from getting on with their lives.
between the doctor‟s office and their everyday life to ensure that the
kids can live in a healthy home, receive a proper education plan and  We have seen a variety of clients and are touched by their circum-
get the public benefits they are entitled to.                         stances. By helping them with their legal issues we tackle their unin-
                                                                      telligent mistakes as a team and our intervention offers them a sec-
We work on site at Grace Hill Murphy-O‟Fallon, Soulard-Benton,        ond chance to start their lives anew. We realize we can‟t take on all
and Cardinal Glennon. This truly is a holistic approach to care.      their concerns, but it is difficult to turn them away. Everyday we
We have conducted several intakes and the sparkle in a client‟s eye listen to their stories, their hopes and dreams and how their legal
is blinding when they hear that someone can possibly help them        issues can impact those desires. Our time at the SPOT is the high-
and realize that someone is listening. Our cases have involved chil- light of our week!
dren with inadequate individualized education plans, denials of Sup-
plemental Security Income (SSI) and landlord tenant matters. In all
the cases, CHAP helped inform the mothers of their children‟s
rights and educated them about the possible solutions to help their
child receive appropriate attention. Before meeting clients, we al-   Stefani Hoeing
ways meet with the social worker or doctor who referred the case to Elder Law Clinic
CHAP to get a background of the potential case. It is so helpful to
have those professional as part of the team collaborating on the      Before working in the Clinic, I had a part-time job as a legal clerk. I
child‟s case.                                                         felt like I learned so much at that job. And I did. But it wasn‟t until
                                                                      I started working in the Clinic that I realized how much more I had
                                                                      to learn. Working in the Clinic is more than drafting pleadings and
                                                                      doing research. In the Clinic, you have your own clients who rely
Sarah Hall & Liza Kohn                                                on you and the experience is totally different. Each time I meet a
Child Advocacy Clinic—The SPOT                                        new client and learn about whatever issue they need help with, I
                                                                      realize that their issue isn‟t as simple as a single research question or
The SPOT is a drop-in clinic that is free for kids from 14 to 24      a petition, it is a complex part of the client‟s life and it is very im-
years of age. Started by a Board member of CHAP, Dr. Katie Plax, portant to them. My experience in the Elder Law Clinic has taken
the SPOT offers free medical care, testing, education on safer sex, a me a step beyond the foundations of law school toward the actual
shower, a meal, or just a safe place to hang out. Many of these kids practice of law.
are LGBT and the Spot offers a safe haven with non-judging adults
available to talk and offer resources. Most of these youths come to
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                        Clinic Highlights
                        Dr. Barbara Gilchrist was appointed to the State Board of Senior Services. The board
                        reviews and advises on the rules and regulations impacting senior services promulgated
                        by the Department of Health and Senior Services; advises the department director on
                        the formulation of the department‟s proposed budget, and planning for and operation
                        of the department.

                        Assistant Professor Amany Ragab Hacking is currently serving on the Board of Inter-
                        faith Legal Services for Immigrants as well as the Legal Committee of the ACLU.
    SAINT LOUIS
    UNIVERSITY          Assistant Professor Harrison wrote an editorial for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, enti-
                        tled "Talking Circles Open Dialogue." Her opinion piece discussed an exhibit on race
                        at the Missouri History Museum and how her students reflected on a visit to the ex-
 SCHOOL OF LAW
                        hibit.

   LEGAL CLINIC


   321 N. Spring Ave.
  St. Louis, MO 63108
                        Special Events
  Phone: 314-977-2778
   Fax:: 314-977-1180   LAW SCHOOL HOSTS THE               event. Congrats to all the com-     PILG AUCTION
                        CLIENT COUNSELING                  petitors!
                        COMPETITION                                                            More than 50
  law.slu.edu/clinics                                                                          students will
                        As SLU won last year‟s Re-         LAW SCHOOL MOOT                     volunteer this
                        gional Client Counseling Com-      COURT                               summer in the
                        petition, it hosted this year‟s                                        Public Interest
                        program on February 13, 2010.      Clinic student Kristin Dough-       Law Group Fel-
                        Teams from all over the Mid-       erty was part of the SLU Moot       lowship program, working at
                        west came to compete on cam-       Court team which placed fourth      various government offices and
                        pus. SLU had two teams who         in the country at the National      nonprofit organizations in St.
                        placed 1st and 2nd at the inter-   Moot Court Competition in           Louis and across the country
                        school competition in October      New York City. Clinic students      providing free legal help. These
                        2009: Sheena Hamilton              Sheena Hamilton and Meredith        students will receive stipends
                        (current clinic student) and       Webster also advanced to the        through the Fellowship pro-
                        Claire Secoy (former B.S.W.        final round of the competition.     gram to offset their living ex-
                        practicum student in clinic 2008                                       penses while volunteering. The
                        -2009) and Megan Wilson                                                fellowships are funded by the
                        (current clinic student) and       PILG SPRING BREAK „10               Dagen Family and faculty dona-
                        Patrick Berry. Hamilton and                                            tions to the annual PILG Auc-
                        Secoy placed 2nd in the Finals     The Public Interest Law Group       tion held this year on March 19
                        and Wilson and Berry made it       and the Legal Clinic sponsored      at the Saint Louis Zoo.
                        to the semi final round. Cur-      Spring Break at the Big Firm in
                        rent Clinic II student Portia      March. Law student worked in
                        Kaiser assisted Assistant Clini-   some of the City‟s largest firms
                        cal Professor Tricia Harrison in   assisting with pro bono cases.
                        organizing and running the

				
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