Service Project Opportunities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 540.458.8334.
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, and the Fall 2014 training will begin September 20. For more information contact Kate Corr at (540) 463-3789 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also 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 Ryan Redd, 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. For those that completed training this past spring, CASA casework in the third year is eligible for law related service credit. 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.
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 email@example.com.
Southern Environmental Law Center
Southern Environmental Law Center has been the leading champion of the South’s air, water, and special places for almost three decades. Knowing how to work effectively in all three branches of government--and at the national, regional, state, and local levels--this non-profit organization has a powerful, flexible approach that consistently gets big results. Interested students should contact Julie Youngman at 919-945-7129 or firstname.lastname@example.org for specific project details.
Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking
Laura Lederer, director of the Indiana Weslyan University Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking, is seeking research assistance. Please contact Ms. Lederer for specific project information. Please contact Ms. Lederer for specific project information. (703) 919-6828 http://www.indwes.edu/bastian-center/
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Professors Seaman and Martel
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR), a non-partisan non-profit, seeks students to assist with its Voting Rights Program in Virginia this fall. The Committee is one of the nation's leading and most respected civil rights organizations. The Voting Rights program includes impact litigation, research and advocacy. A link to the LCCR website description of the program is here: http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/projects/voting_rights
Students will participate in the program's Election Protection effort, which fields teams of lawyers on election day who observe voting in precincts and report on irregularities or problems, as well as pre-election day work related to voting rights. Students will be trained and supervised by LCCR Voting Rights lawyers and by pro bono lawyers from private firms. Professors Seaman and Martel are participating as well and will also be involved in supervising law students. Students who participate are eligible for service credit. If you would like to participate in the LCCR Voting Rights Program, please let either Professor Seaman or Professor Martel know.
Law Library, Washington and Lee University School of Law
In January and February Ms. Miller will be updating the Law Journal Rankings project: http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx Interested students will gather citation data from Westlaw. Interested students should contact Stephanie Miller.
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org; 540-458-8576.
Tammi Hellwig, Assistant Dean for Clinic and Externship Administration seeks assistance with externship related projects. email@example.com
Professor Jon Shapiro seeks assistance with Innocence Project cases. This opportunity applies only to existing students who have received written permission from Professor Shapiro. firstname.lastname@example.org