FAMU students offer services

first_imgFulfilling the institution’s mission to assist the underserved, students of Florida A&M University College of Law have provided pro bono legal services to more than 200 indigent clients in Central Florida.Working under the supervision of licensed attorneys, the law students are defending and prosecuting clients through the housing, state attorney, public defender, mediation, bankruptcy, and guardian ad litem clinical programs.“We are going to continue developing the clinical programs so that beginning lawyers can practice in a supportive mentoring environment,” said Jacqueline Dowd, acting director of the clinical programs. Dowd, who joined the program in January, said additional clinical programs will be incorporated in fall 2005, including a youth and family law clinic and a community economic development law clinic.While continuing their regular class load, third-year, full-time law students are required to devote at least 10 hours per week to the clinical programs. In addition, law students must acquire certifications in their respective areas of law.The Supreme Court granted certified legal intern status to several law students in September. The law students who received the CLI certification are working in the state attorney, public defender, and housing clinics. Students in the bankruptcy clinic were approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida to practice as CLIs.The reestablished FAMU College of Law opened in Orlando in 2002 with 89 full-time day and part-time evening students. The current class of full-time, third-year law students — who are the first to provide the free legal services through the clinical program — will comprise the first graduating class this month.“Our law students are gaining valuable practical experience through the clinical programs,” said Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr. “At the same time, the students are contributing legal services that are in high demand in our community.”When the college of law opens its permanent campus adjacent to the federal courthouse in August 2005, students and attorneys will operate the clinical programs out of an office that will resemble a small law firm. April 15, 2005 Regular News FAMU students offer servicescenter_img FAMU students offer serviceslast_img

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