Service Project Opportunities
The placement and support services of the Law-Related Service Program are available to all 2L and 3L students who are interested in serving others while improving their professional skills.
Mock Trial Coaches
Assistant coaching positions are available for students interested in working with Professor Belmont and the undergraduate mock trial team. Undergraduate mock trial is a complex and competitive experience requiring that student participants master the Federal Rules of Evidence and the entire range of trial skills. Assistant coaches will work with the students as they develop case theories, prepare direct- and cross- examinations, formulate opening statements and closing arguments, and develop their objection colloquy. Mock trial tryouts are scheduled for the third week of September and the season runs through the spring. For more information contact Professor Belmont at email@example.com.
Immigrant Rights Clinic Interpreters, Translators, and Client Liaisons
The Immigrant Rights Clinic (IRC) is looking for student volunteers to serve as interpreters, translators, and client liaisons. In order to serve as interpreters, student volunteers must be fluent in Spanish and willing to coordinate schedules with clinic students for their client interviews. Students with the requisite knowledge of written Spanish may volunteer to translate client communications and other documents in coordination with clinic students in need of this service. To serve as client liaisons, student volunteers must be willing take charge of one or more pending cases not assigned to clinic students, organize the written and electronic files, and ensure regular communications with clients as they await the outcome of their cases. Depending upon the number of hours students have available in their schedules to work with the IRC, they may choose to volunteer for one or more of these activities. All IRC student volunteers must be open to a client-centered approach to representation, committed to professional and respectful interactions with clients, and prepared to treat all client information as privileged and confidential. For more information contact Professor Baluarte at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.458.8334.
International & Constitutional Law Research Assistance Service Project
This project is part of a larger effort to develop an unprecedented database of international and constitutional law legislative history that will broaden our understanding of higher-order norms in congressional lawmaking. The work involves reviewing and analyzing federal statutes that have implications for U.S. treaties, customary international law, and/or constitutional law. Ideally, students will have some interest in international law or constitutional law, but no formal background or knowledge is required. Participating students will gain a background in international law generally and develop expertise with one or more key internationally/constitutionally oriented federal laws. The project is led by Professor Cope. Students' contributions will be acknowledged in the published articles that emerge from the research. Contact CopeK@wlu.edu.
Project Horizon Advocates
Project Horizon Office
Project Horizon is dedicated to reducing domestic, dating, and sexual violence in the Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County area through crisis intervention services and prevention programs. Through its direct services to clients and outreach programs, Project Horizon offers survivors a 24-hour hotline (463-2594), emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, applicable referrals, and court advocacy.
As part of the service requirement students must complete the Project Horizon training. Training typically happens once a semester. For more information visit http://organizations.rockbridge.net/projecthorizon/volunteer.htm
TIPS Certified Students
Under W&L’s Health Department and Dean of Students Office, students may complete TIPS training and join the Risk Management Committee of the SBA. TIPS students attend SBA and other law school functions that serve alcohol to coordinate with SBA and security in order implement school policies and to maintain a safe environment. Training and committee hours may only count as Law Related Service Hours upon completion of at least one event as a TIPS student. Contact Casey Coleman, email@example.com
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Tammi M. Hellwig
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is an organization of highly trained adult volunteers that advocate for children in the foster care and child welfare system. CASA fights for childrens' rights and needs until they are in a safe, loving, permanent home. Each volunteer advocate works with a CASA staff supervisor who provides guidance throughout the court process. Volunteers must be 21 or older, undergo a background check and take part in a personal interview. Volunteer advocates are patient, open-minded people who have good communication skills, a history of following through on commitments and a willingness to accept guidance. Above all, they care about children.
CASA volunteers undergo 36 hours of initial training and 12 hours of continuing education each year and agree to accept a case thereafter. Volunteers are needed for the Lexington area, and training for the 2014 year will begin on January 23, 2014 at Washington and Lee University School of Law on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 9:00 and continue for 6 weeks. For an application or for more information contact the CASA office at 540-213-2272 or visit CASA at www.casa4children.com. For more information or if you have questions, please free to contact Tammi Hellwig, Assistant Dean for Clinic and Externship Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southeast Coastal Wind Coalition
Conduct research on wind energy to rebut the significant misinformation from wind energy opponents. This research would include reviewing and researching reports related to: (i) the impacts of wind turbines on property values, tourism, wildlife, and noise/health effects; (ii) regulatory research (i.e., ordinance provisions related to height, setbacks, financial assurance for decommissioning, and property value guarantees; and (iii) opposition research (how are these groups funded, etc.). Approximately 6-10 students are needed. Each student would commit approximately 20 hours of pro bono work. Preliminary work product (summary of research, which would follow suggested format) would be completed by February 14, 2014, but depending on student interest and issues that might arise, there might be ongoing assignments past this deadline. For more information, contact Mr. Roessler at email@example.com or 919-420-1726.
Implementation of record retention/destruction policy for local non-profit preschool
Woods Creek Montessori
Student will assist Executive Director by reviewing organization’s records to determine which should be retained and which should be destroyed in accordance with the retention guidelines adopted by the organization. Estimated number of hours required to complete project: 10-20. Contact Christi Crittenden, Executive Director, Woods Creek Montessori, at 540-463-6461 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Environmental Law Center
Student will conduct research on the following question: When a citizen sues a polluter for a violation of the Clean Water Act under 33 U.S.C. 1365 (a “citizen suit”), does the fact that the state environmental agency has implemented a TMDL to address the pollution count as “diligent prosecution” by the state environmental agency under section 1365(b(1)(B) to prevent the citizen from suing? (A TMDL or “Total Maximum Daily Load” is a plan that a state puts into place to help bring an impaired water body back into compliance with water quality standards – it includes a calculation of the maximum amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still safely meet water quality standards, and may assign certain entities responsibility for reducing the amount of pollutants they discharge into the water body.) An example of a case that discusses the idea of “diligent prosecution” is Piney Run Preservation Association v. County Commissioners of Carroll County, MD, 523 F.3d 453 (4th Cir. 2008). If interested, contact Julie Youngman at 919-945-7129 or email@example.com.
Professor Jill Fraley is currently working on multiple projects involving the early history of property and colonization. She would be happy to have assistance from those who enjoy reading historical materials. Professor Fraley's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of the Law Library and Professor of Legal Research Caroline Osborne seeks assistance on two projects: 1) The Scholarly Commons, and 2) Information Literacy. email@example.com; 540-458-8545
Archivist and Special Collections Librarian John Jacob seeks Assistance with Powell Archive matters. firstname.lastname@example.org; 540-458-8969
Professor Joshua Fairfield seeks policy, planning, and research support for a project to move the debate on the NSA surveillance and commercial data privacy forward. email@example.com
Professor Joshua Fairfield seeks policy, planning, and research support for a project to improve access to the patent bar for computer science or related subject degree-holders. firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Mary Natkin – Assistance with Law Related Service Program Administration, including investigating and testing social media platforms for developing and reporting pro bono activities and outreach to community partners to develop projects. email@example.com; 540-458-8576.
Prof. Guy Sereff: Research Assistants needed to assist with developing a publically available informational website to aid home craft and small craft breweries. Mr. Sereff needs a state-by-state survey of laws applicable to brewing, distribution, and licensing. Contact 214-868-4815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adjunct professors Charles Kotuby and Luke Sobota, who teach the Global Sovereign Disputes third-year practicum, are writing a book entitled "General Principles of Law and International DueProcess," which will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. The book is intended to update Bin Cheng's book from 1953 on the "General Principles of Law," and discuss the modern application of those principles in national courts (e.g. in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments), and before arbitral tribunals (both commercial and investor-state). Interested students will be asked to assist in the research and drafting of portions of the book, as well as help with footnotes and formatting prior to peer review. If you are interested in this project, please contact both Prof. Kotuby (email@example.com) and Prof. Sobota (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Director of Externships and Professor of Practice Tammi Hellwig seeks assistance with externship related projects, including research relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act and student extern experience. email@example.com