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Wednesday, June 5 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
How Can Law Schools and Public Interest Law Firms Collaborate to Improve Access to Legal Representation? LIMITED

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Law schools and public interest law firms can and should collaborate to improve access to legal representation for disadvantaged groups. This program will present a case study of the collaboration between San Joaquin College of Law (SJCL) and Central California Legal Services (CCLS), both located in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley, followed by brainstorming and roundtable discussion. SJCL has recently implemented a practice program, which prepares law students for the practice of law through substantive course offerings in legal technology, community lawyering, and law practice management, as well as opportunities to apply these skills in clinical settings. The practice program culminates with the Law Practice Institute, a legal incubator that promotes rural and low bono service. CCLS is a private, not-for-profit, public interest law firm established for the purpose of providing free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, organizations, and communities. CCLS has been innovative in its creation and execution of its housing and seniors’ programs, amongst others. SJCL and CCLS have collaborated by creating clinical opportunities for law students in the housing and seniors’ programs. Law students have a chance to apply recently acquired practice skills, and at the same time further the specific social justice missions of CCLS. Upon graduation, these students are practice ready with a social justice mindset, and prepared to serve disadvantaged groups thereby improving access to legal representation. After a short presentation of this case study, we will open up the program to brainstorming and roundtable discussion on the topic of how law schools and public interest law firms can further collaborate to improve access to legal representation for disadvantaged groups.

Speakers
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Andrew Kucera

Professor of Law, San Joaquin College of Law
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Paul Carter Mullen

Deputy Development Director, Central California Legal Services
Paul Carter Mullen is the Deputy Director of Development at Central California Legal Services. His responsibilities include grant management, reporting, and assisting with grant writing and fundraising. Previuosly, Mr. Mullen served as the CCLS Voluntary Legal Services Program supervising... Read More →



Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
San Diego