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Clinics
Spring 2001


NOTE: Under the faculty rules, students may take only one practicum course (e.g., Congressional Clinic, Judicial Clerkship, Supervised Practicum, all Clinics) per semester. Students interested in taking a Clinic, should submit the Clinic Pre-registration form and a personal statement to the Registrar's Office, Room 303, by Thursday, April 6, 2000, to be eligible for the pre-registration lottery. After that date, interested students should submit a written request to the Registrar's Office stating their interest and the Registrar's Office will notify the student of whether they have been enrolled or waitlisted (after the pre-registration period, students are enrolled into Clinics based on prerequisites and on the order in which they expressed interest. The Law School guarantees that each student will have the opportunity to participate in a Clinic once during their 2nd or 3rd years. Note that: 1) students must have planned appropriately by taking the correct pre/co-requisites, 2) students must have properly completed and submitted their Clinic Pre-registration form and statement of interest by the lottery deadline, and 3) the Clinic guarantee does not mean that a student will definitely get into his or her first choice Clinic and it does not guarantee the semester in which a student will get into a Clinic. During the pre-registration process, the Director of the Clinical Program will do her best to match each student with his or her preferred choices. To withdraw from a Clinic, students should notify the Registrar's Office. Note the special withdrawal deadlines in the Clinic course descriptions.


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CLINIC Stuart Banner
W74-792A sec 01
(4 hrs)

MON 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 8

Students will work with the public defenders who handle the capital trials in St. Louis and the surrounding area. Students will interview clients and witnesses, draft motions, gather and prepare mitigating evidence for sentencing, assist at any trials that may take place during the semester, interview jurors, and conduct research directed at challenges to the constitutionality of Missouri's death penalty. We will also meet in a weekly two-hour seminar to discuss capital punishment from a variety of perspectives. This clinic is unlike the others in two respects. Because the stakes are so high, students will be unable to argue any motions or conduct any portions of trials themselves. And because capital trials are not conducted as frequently as other criminal trials, there is no guarantee that any trials will occur during the semester. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis. There is no final exam. Students will have to spend at least twelve hours per week downtown at the public defenders' office, preferably in three four-hour blocks each week. Reading in preparation for the seminar will most likely require two to four hours each week. An enrollment preference will be given to students with a commitment to criminal defense, and to students who have completed the highest number of the following courses: A course from the ethics curriculum, Evidence, Pretrial, Trial, CJA I and CJA II.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a Fail (65).

CIVIL JUSTICE CLINIC Jane Aiken
W74-797A sec 01
(6 hrs)

TUE 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 8

The goal of the Civil Justice Clinic is to provide students with opportunities to actually engage in client representation, learn effective lawyering skills, grapple with ethical issues as they arise in the practice and develop the fundamental ability to learn from experience. The Clinic handles civil adult orders of protection for low-income victims of adult abuse (mostly victims of domestic violence) as attorneys for the party seeking the order. The students' work includes the drafting of pleadings, fact investigation, some limited discovery, client interviewing and counseling, the identification and interviewing of witnesses, and the identification and subpoenaing of documents. Students calculate child support using the Missouri child support guidelines, prepare parenting plans pursuant to the 1998 statutory amendments, prepare proposed orders, plan direct examination and cross examination, and negotiate settlements or conduct trials in the Family courts of the City of St. Louis and County of St. Louis Circuits. Students work under faculty supervision and assume direct responsibility for the cases. The Clinic also functions as Guardian ad Litem in cases assigned by the City Court including contested custody cases, child order of protection cases, and adult order of protection cases in which children are at risk. In these cases, students working under faculty supervision assume a quasi-judicial role and function as an arm of the court for the purposes of fact investigation, drafting of third party paternity petitions, witness interviewing, and identifying and obtaining relevant documents (including arrest records, juvenile court records, child abuse reports, and school and employment records). Students prepare thorough reports to the court, including factual findings, legal conclusions, and recommendations with respect to the issuance of protective orders and decisions regarding custody of children. The Clinic also handles parole hearings and clemency petitions for women who have killed their batterers. In addition, the Clinic functions as amicus on briefs to the Missouri Appellate Courts on issues of national interest. Students certified to practice under Rule 13 appear in court under the supervision of a licensed attorney and act as primary counsel in these cases. They speak on behalf of clients and conduct hearings. It is important to have at least two mornings free because court appearances generally occur in the morning. Students must spend a minimum of 24 hours per week on clinic-related work. The clinic office is now located in the Law School. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP90, P, LP74, or F65. There is neither a final exam nor a textbook for this course. There are, however, reading assignments and a mandatory weekly seminar meeting which will meet Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Students take primary responsibility for cases to which they are assigned and must complete litigation assignments in a timely manner. Pre/corequisites: Evidence and a course from the ethics curriculum; Rule 13 certification strongly preferred. Family Law is preferred but not required. J.D./M.S.W. candidates are encouraged to apply.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1 (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a Fail (65).

CONGRESSIONAL / ADMINISTRATIVE LAW CLINIC Susan Kaplan
W74-786B sec 01
(11 hrs)

Enrollment limited. Must be taken in conjunction with ETHICS OF LAWYERING IN GOVERNMENT.

Each student admitted to this Clinic is assigned to either a Congressional Office or Administrative Agency. Admission to the Clinic is by application only and occurs one year in advance. (Enrollment for Spring 2001 has already been determined. An informational meeting will be publicized and will take place in early Spring 2001, as will the application process, for those interested in this Clinic for Spring 2002.) Student and instructor collaborate during the fall in making office selection/assignment. Work begins when Spring semester starts and ends the last day of classes. Students keep the hours of their office (usually 9 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m., sometimes later, sometimes weekends). Students meet individually with the instructor and as a group on a regular basis in Washington D.C. Students interested in Congress will be placed in a Congressional Office where he/she will do professional staff work, primarily research and writing on legislation. The externship also will provide students with the opportunity to observe Congressional hearings, mark-ups and floor debate. A course in legislation is recommended. Those interested in administrative agency will be placed in a federal administrative agency in Washington D.C. in a subject area that matches the student's interest. The student will do hands-on professional staff work of the type commonly done in the agency office. The externship also will provide students the opportunity to observe administrators making decisions about such agency activities as rule making, advising the public and case handling. The Administrative Law course is highly recommended for this placement. Students are also encouraged to take, as preparation, courses in the subject area of the agency in which they will be placed. Of the 11 credits, 3 are graded numerically and 8 are graded pass/fail.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CLINIC Peter Joy
W74-790A sec 01
(4-6 hrs)

TUE 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Enrollment limited to 8 students--Third year students receive preference (if the clinic is not full, second year students may be offered openings with faculty permission)

This clinic provides real life lawyering experience with the criminal justice system at the state trial level. The student's primary experience will be to serve as a Rule 13 certified attorney with the St. Louis County office of the Missouri Public Defender, which is the second largest criminal defense office in the state. The goal is for each student (1) to conduct at least one preliminary hearing in a felony case; (2) to second-chair at least one felony jury trial; and, if possible, (3) to take primary responsibility for at least one misdemeanor case serving as lead counsel at trial. At the PD office, students are likely to be actively involved in interviewing clients, investigating crime scenes, interviewing witnesses, performing legal research and writing memoranda and briefs, arguing motions in court, and participating in trials. In addition to his office in the law school, Professor Joy maintains an office at the Public Defender site, works closely with students and supervising attorneys, and directly supervises students on some cases. Students must work at least 16 hrs per week on clinical matters for 4 credits and 24 hrs per week on clinical matters for 6 credits and can expect to spend most of this time away from the law school either at court or in the PD office adjacent to the courthouse. It is important to have at least two mornings free because most court appearances take place in the morning. Students also will meet as a class at the PD office from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The overarching objective of this course will be to help students learn how to learn from their lawyering experiences. The lawyering skills students will use and develop include: problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, client interviewing and counseling, communication skills, negotiation, litigation skills, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. This course also will focus on the professional values of providing competent legal representation, improving the legal profession, and examining the legal profession's role in promoting justice, fairness, and morality There is no textbook, but there will be some reading assignments. This course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP90, P, LP74, F65. Specific requirements for receiving credit will be set by the professor. There will be no final exam. Students who have completed Evidence, Pretrial, Trial, a course from the ethics curriculum, CJA I, or CJA II, may receive preference. Because the clinic is likely to involve court appearances, preference will be given to students who are certified under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules. Students who are not certified under Rule 13 need the permission of Professor Joy to enroll.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a Fail (65).

INTERDISCIPLINARY ENVIRONMENTAL CLINIC Maxine Lipeles
W74-704B sec 01
(6 hours; 4 - 5 hours with permission of instructor)

FRI 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Enrollment Limit: 8

This clinical course teaches students how to work in interdisciplinary teams representing public interest, environmental or community organizations on interdisciplinary, environmental matters. The clinic will be based in the Law School, but students will also be expected to meet with clients at their offices, to visit sites at issue, and occasionally to travel to government offices in the St. Louis area or in Jefferson City. Although the clinic will not undertake "first-chair" legal representation in judicial litigation, students might be assigned to handle matters involving the following activities: representing clients in state and local administrative proceedings; engaging in legal and technical work supporting pro bono environmental litigation filed by non-clinic counsel; drafting proposed legislation; commenting on proposed regulations, permits, environmental impact statements or environmental assessments, and similar documents; and evaluating matters for potential future action. The goal is that for each project, students will have primary responsibility for handling the matter, and the professor will play a secondary, supervisory role. Students will learn to work with technical experts (including environmental engineering or environmental science students on their team) to investigate facts, to develop and analyze legal strategies, and to communicate effectively among the team, with clients, and with adverse and other interested parties. Students must work at least an average of 24 hours per week on clinic matters, including attendance at and participation each week in: a two-hour seminar for all students in the course (Fridays 1-3 pm); at least one individual meeting with the professor; and one group meeting involving the student team assigned to each project and the professor(s). The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP90, P, LP74, F65. The professor will set specific requirements for receiving credit. There will be no final exam. There will be reading and writing assignments in conjunction with client work and/or the seminar. Pre/co-requisites: Environmental Law and Administrative Law. (Requests to waive one, but not both, of the pre/co-requisites may be requested by attaching a statement to the back of the Clinic Pre-Registration Form.) Students who are certified (or who will be certified before the beginning of the semester) under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules will receive preference in clinic enrollment.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1, (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a Fail (65).

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP Charles Bobinette
W74-654 sec 01
(3 or 4 hrs)

15 minute bi-weekly meeting with professor on MON 5:30 - 7:30

Enrollment limit: 14

This externship course offers students a structured, hands-on exposure to civil and criminal litigation from the judicial perspective. Students work as part-time law clerks under the supervision of local, state or federal trial or appellate judges. Students observe hearings, trials and other court proceedings; perform extensive legal research; and draft a series of legal memoranda relevant to cases under submission by the courts. The course provides an opportunity for students to develop advanced legal research and writing skills. To receive 3 credits, students in this externship will be required to work approximately 12 hrs/week and produce 3 major legal memoranda or 30 pages of polished research and writing. To receive 4 credits, students will be required to work approximately 16 hrs/week and produce 4 major legal memoranda or 40 pages of polished research and writing. Students have regularly scheduled, individual meetings with the course instructor and are required to submit an outline, first draft, and final draft for each legal memorandum. There is no final exam. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. STUDENTS WHO ARE NOTIFIED THAT THEY ARE ENROLLED IN A SPRING 2001 JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP MUST ATTEND THE ORIENTATION MEETING WITH PROFESSOR BOBINETTE IN NOVEMBER (time TBA). Pre/co-requisites: A course from the ethics curriculum. Note: Some Courts demand that students have legal writing experience or have demonstrated their scholastic excellence. Students are not required to have Rule 13 certification.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: ONCE A STUDENT HAS ACCEPTED HIS/ HER PLACEMENT, HE/SHE MAY NOT DROP THIS COURSE AND RISKS RECEIVING A FAILING GRADE (65).

U.S. ATTORNEY CLINIC Ted Ruger
W74-692B sec 01
(4 hrs)

MON 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Enrollment limit: 8

Third year students receive preference (if the clinic is not full, second year students may be offered openings with faculty permission)

Students in this course will work in the United States Attorney's Office in St. Louis. Subject to availability of attorney mentors, students may elect to work either in the Criminal Division or the Civil Division of that office. Students in this clinic are required to spend at least 16 hours per week working at the United States Attorney's Office or on matters relevant to their cases. For students in the Criminal Division, the course provides an intense experience in all facets of criminal investigation and prosecution, including fact investigation, drafting charges, discovery, motion practice, and trial and appellate work. Students in the Civil Division will work on behalf of the federal government in a variety of civil matters, and will draft pleadings and discovery requests, review and organize documents, and write legal and factual memoranda. On some cases, students may be able to interview witnesses, take depositions, and argue motions in court. There will be weekly seminar meetings to discuss a range of topics relevant to the practice of law as an attorney for the federal government. The seminar topics will primarily, but not exclusively, focus on issues facing the federal criminal prosecutor. There is no textbook, but there will be reading assignments for the seminars. The course will be graded on a modified pass/fail basis: HP90, P, LP74, F65. Specific requirements for receiving credit will be set by the professor. There will be no exam. Students who have taken the following courses may receive preference: CJA I, CJAII, Pretrial, Evidence, Trial, Corporate & White Collar Crime, and a course from the ethics curriculum. Certification under Rule 13 of the Missouri Supreme Court Rules is recommended. Students enrolled in the U.S. Attorney Clinic will be required to submit FBI clearance paperwork well in advance of the beginning of the semester (students will be given an exact deadline by the U.S. Attorney's Office). Because of this special paperwork, students registered in this clinic will not be allowed to drop after Wed., November 1, 2000. After this date, it would be very unlikely that another student would be able to complete the extensive paperwork with enough time to gain FBI clearance before the beginning of the semester (i.e., a slot in the clinic would go unfilled).

WITHDRAWAL POLICY: In order to try to avoid the sort of last-minute shuffling that, in the past, has resulted in interested students being notified of Clinic openings too late for them readily to change their schedules and enroll, the following policy is in effect: IF YOU ARE ENROLLED IN THIS COURSE AFTER WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, (i.e., any time after midnight on that date), YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO DROP THE COURSE. In other words, any student enrolled in the course as of the above date will receive a grade for the course and risks receiving a Fail (65).