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Forty Years of Clinical Education

Like most clinic alumni, I remember my first client. She had multiple disabilities and was a survivor of domestic violence. She called me every day. She was extremely grateful for my help and confident in my abilities, even though I had no experience.

I did have one secret weapon: The best supervisor on the planet. Professor Jane Johnson (L’74), then the Director of the Tulane Civil Clinic, was a master of constructive feedback. She would let me know what I was doing wrong while inspiring me to keep working and fighting for my clients.

As we commemorate 40 years of clinical legal education, we celebrate a program that reflects the very best of Tulane Law School, emphasizing client-centered practice, access to justice, and academic excellence. Students learn now, as they have for four decades, how to give marginalized clients a voice; how to be creative and interdisciplinary in finding solutions; how to tend to the less glamorous aspects of the legal practice; and, most importantly, how to never, ever give up.

Stacy Seicshnaydre (L ’92)
Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Public Interest Programs

 


 

Tulane Law Clinics: 40 Years Strong
Sidney Watson, southwest Louisiana native and fresh out of Harvard Law School, had a mission in 1978: Jump start a legal clinical program from scratch at Tulane Law on a shoestring. “It was something so new, and only a few schools around the country were even thinking about it,” said Watson....
Civil Rights and Federal Practice: Protecting the Public
When an Uptown New Orleans landlord was accused by female tenants of repeated unwanted sexual advances, including propositioning applicants and tenants for dates, Civil Litigation Clinic alumna Cashauna Hill (L'05), Executive Director of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center...
Criminal Justice Clinic: Paving the Way for Reform
In late September,  Michael Monroe posed proudly on the steps of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court with his lawyer Professor Katherine Mattes. The culmination of 11 years of work, conducted by 22 Tulane Criminal Justice Clinic students, Monroe was finally free. “He is so ecstatic...
Domestic Violence Clinic: Standing With Survivors
Within a month of being sworn in to Tulane Law School’s Domestic Violence Clinic, third-year law student Jessica Greenberg (L ‘18) was already representing a client in a contested day-long trial. “My co-counsel and I were one of the first groups in the clinic to have a hearing,” she said. “I...
Environmental Law Clinic: Giving Voice to Communities in Peril
Environmental law conjures images of tug-of-wars with major corporations over pollution, challenges to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decisions and fights over fracking. But how about working to ensure access to crawfish habitat in the Atchafalaya Basin on behalf of the Cajuns whose living depends on...
Juvenile Law Clinic: Representing Those Unable to Defend Themselves
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The Public Law Center: Training the Next Generation of Civic Leaders
Tulane Law students don’t just read and study law; they draft it. Former Tulane Law student Abel Delgado (L ’13) drafted a language access ordinance that could benefit Limited English Proficiency residents in New Orleans and around the country. “It’s exciting to know that research and...