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 Nearly 80 Third-Year Students Enroll in Clinic and Externship Courses During the Fall 2013 Semester

During the Fall 2013 semester, nearly 80 third-year law students will earn academic credit and gain valuable hands-on legal experience through participation in the University of Memphis School of Law’s Experiential Learning Program.  Twenty-six students will take one of the three in-house clinical courses – the Child and Family Litigation Clinic, the Elder Law Clinic, and the Housing Adjudication Clinic – being offered by the Law School during the Fall Semester.  In addition, 51 students will participate in the Law School’s Fall 2013 Externship Program, working under the supervision of judges and attorneys throughout Memphis while simultaneously enrolling in a weekly classroom seminar designed to introduce the essential habits of the reflective practitioner and assessment of the skills, relationships, issues, and mindsets that prevail in the practice setting.

"By taking advantage of the Law School’s Experiential Learning course offerings, including our in-house, live-client clinics, and our field-based externships, University of Memphis students move beyond the foundation of core doctrinal courses and immerse themselves in supervised legal activities designed to further develop essential lawyering skills and professional values," said Daniel Schaffzin, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Experiential Learning.  “Students emerge from experiential courses that much more ready to practice law and to meet the high expectations of the future clients and employers on whose behalf they will work following graduation.”

The University of Memphis Legal Clinic is an academic program and professional law office housed within the walls of the Law School.  Working under the direct and ongoing supervision of licensed faculty members, student attorneys in the Child and Family Litigation Clinic and Elder Law Clinic represent clients in a wide variety of lawsuits and other legal matters, maintaining primary responsibility for all aspects of the cases to which they are assigned.  In the Housing Adjudication Clinic, students serve in a capacity akin to administrative judges, investigating, researching, hearing, and issuing written opinions ruling on administrative appeals involving participants in the Memphis Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Program who have challenged adverse decisions affecting their eligibility for public housing assistance.  Through their case-related work and simultaneous participation in faculty-led, weekly seminars, Legal Clinic students further hone essential legal skills and take an important step toward becoming strategic, reflective, and self-aware attorneys.

Like the Legal Clinic, the Law School’s Externship Program takes students outside of the traditional classroom, where they learn by doing and observing, and further develop essential research and writing skills, communication abilities, and problem-solving techniques under the direction of local judges and attorneys.  As part of the Fall 2013 Externship Program, the following field placements are providing for-credit learning and work experience opportunities for Memphis Law students:

Judicial Chambers

  • Judge Bernice B. Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Judge S. Thomas Anderson, U. S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge Jon Phipps McCalla, U. S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Magistrate Judge Diane K. Vescovo, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Chief Judge David Kennedy, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge Paulette J. Delk, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge George W. Emerson, Jr., U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge Jennie D. Latta, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Judge Rebecca L. Holt, U.S. Immigration Court Judge
  • Judge Charles E. Pazar, U.S. Immigration Court Judge
  • Justice Janice M. Holder, Supreme Court of Tennessee
  • Judge Holly Kirby, Tennessee Court of Appeals
  • Judge Robert L. Childers, Shelby County Circuit Court, 30th Judicial District
  • Judge Donna M. Fields, Shelby County Circuit Court, 30th Judicial District
  • Judge Gina C. Higgins, Shelby County Circuit Court, 30th Judicial District 

Federal and State Attorneys’ Offices

  • Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Tennessee
  • Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office
  • Shelby County Public Defender’s Office
  • Memphis City Attorney’s Office (Litigation Unit)
  • Memphis City Attorney’s Office (Transactional Unit)

Federal and State Administrative Agencies

  • Executive Office of Immigration Review/Memphis Immigration Court
    • Immigration Judge Rebecca Holt
    • Immigration Judge Charles Pazar
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Hearing Division
    • Administrative Judge Deanna Windham
    • Administrative Judge Steven D. Townsdin
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Memphis Housing Authority

Legislative

  • Memphis City Council

Healthcare Practice

  • Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Regional Medical Center at Memphis
  • Shelby County Health Department
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Non-Profit Advocacy

  • Memphis Area Legal Services
    • Consumer Unit
    • Senior Benefits Unit
    • Low Income Taxpayer Unit
  • Legal Aid of Arkansas – West Memphis Office

Banking and Community Development

  • Downtown Memphis Commission
  • Orion Federal Credit Union

For more information about the Experiential Learning curriculum at the University of Memphis School of Law, please go to http://www.memphis.edu/law/experiential/index.php.

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