2009 Clinic News

2009 Clinic News

2009 Northeast Regional Clinic Conference

The conference was designed to assist law professors and administrators in applying teaching pedagogy in law schools. Sessions focused on the importance of setting measurable learning goals and implementing them in both the clinic and non-clinic classroom setting. Participants discussed both general trends in curriculum reform and specific ways to develop goals to measure student learning.


Albany Law School Holds Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness
Date: 10/15/2009

Albany Law School students, faculty, staff and friends held an evening vigil in front of the law school in remembrance of victims of domestic violence on Oct. 14.

The vigil began with remarks from Karla DiGirolamo of Unity House, followed by the lighting of candles and illumination of the law school's historic 1928 Building with purple lights as part of the statewide "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign. Barbara Chandler, a paralegal in the Law Clinic & Justice Center, also performed a rousing rendition of "I Believe I Can Fly."

Albany Law students and faculty have been working since 1993 with local courts, agencies, government and nonprofit agencies, task forces and coalitions on new initiatives related to domestic violence. This semester alone, students are working in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady assisting in the prosecution of domestic violence crimes.


Clinic Students Sworn Into Limited Practice of Law

On September 2, 2009, 48 new law interns for the fall 2009 semester were sworn into the limited supervised practice of law at the Law Clinic & Justice Center. Distinguished guest, The Hon. Anthony V. Cardona, Presiding Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, led the induction ceremony.

Prior to the ceremony, the interns spent time discussing benchmarks of professionalism. Clinic faculty introduced law interns to practical considerations surrounding Client Conflicts, Client Confidentiality and Attorney Competency.


Vietnamese Visitors Discuss Women's Rights, Prevention of Domestic Violence

On July 27, 2009, the Law Clinic & Justice Center hosted a group of Vietnamese visitors from the International Visitor Leadership Program to discuss Women's Rights and the Prevention of Domestic Violence: A Project for Vietnam. The goal of the collaboration was to identify best practices across the spectrum of cultures and diverse experiences. The group's focus during their visit to various agencies in the Capital District included Domestic Violence policy at the State level, exploring domestic violence Prevention, Response and Rehabilitation Programs, and Public/Private Partnerships to Promote Strong Families.

The visitors met with Professor Joseph Connors, Director of the Law Clinic & Justice Center; Susan Terwilliger, Administrative Director; Jennifer Tromblee, Administrative Assistant/Paralegal, and Nan Zhang '10, former intern in the Family Violence Litigation Clinic (FVLC) to discuss the Domestic Violence Clinics at Albany Law School.

Nan Zhang spent two semesters as a student intern in the Family Violence Litigation Clinic and spoke about his experiences representing survivors of domestic violence. Zhang also spoke about the outreach efforts the FVLC engages in throughout the local community including local high schools.


Legal Communications Coach Helps Students Address Likely Issues

Boston-based communications coach Louisa Casadei recently spoke to Clinic students about challenges lawyers face regarding interpersonal skills, public speaking and communications. Casadei has been helping attorneys refine their skills for the past 20 years in the areas of personal presentation, courtroom argument and witness preparation.

Clinic faculty prepared a video-taped series of thee skits designed to highlight communication challenges that lawyers often encounter in practice. The fourth is a video clip of a student simulation from this semester. Students were assigned to specific skits and expected to discuss the issues with Casadei during class. Casadei offered concrete skills and tools to help deal with the depicted challenges.


Albany Law Professor Recognized for Contributions To U.S. Senate's Economic Report (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Spring 2009)

Joseph Connors Takes Helm of Law Clinic and Justice Center (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2009)

Students Help Secure Coverage for Bone Marrow Transplant (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2009)

Transforming the way we prepare students: Teaching Gets Its Own Center (AlbanyLaw Magazine, Fall 2009)