Learning and Feedback in Clinic
Students in the clinic start by PREPARING–for example, to write a brief, conduct a witness meeting, or argue a case. They often prepare several drafts of briefs or hearing outlines. While preparing, students learn from supervisors, their peers, and their clients. Students then DO: they conduct the hearing, or file the brief. Afterward, they REFLECT: what went as expected, and what were the surprises? Finally, they REVISE: what changes in preparation would they make next time? How can they learn from their experience?
Clinic Receives CLAY award
Congratulations to the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Professor Jayashri Srikantiah, recipients of the CLAY (California Lawyer Attorney of the Year) award for 2014 from California Lawyer magazine! Along with others, the IRC was recognized for its work establishing rights to bond release hearings for immigrants detained for more than six months. With the ACLU, the IRC has been litigating the prolonged detention issue in the Ninth Circuit for many years, through individual cases as well as Rodriguez v. Robbins, a long-standing class action suit for which the U.S. District Court issued a summary judgment ruling requiring automatic bond hearings as soon as immigrants reach six months of detention. Many terrific students have worked on this project over the years, including Michael Kaufman (JD ’07), who has now gone on to work at the ACLU as a lawyer on Rodriguez.