I have been observing some very interesting law school activities of late at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens. Mercer law students have participated for many, many years as interns for the Macon Regional Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program. Of late, the Mercer clinical program has blossomed. The program, always impressive, through a practicum now sends students out in to the world to observe and deal with real problems in communities in and around Macon. Additionally, the law students and lawyers from the Georgia Legal Services Program are collaborating on a program to provide the students with real-life legal issues for research and writing experience for the students.
The University of Georgia School of Law clinical program has also been working with the local Georgia Legal Services Program attorneys on research and writing. Several of the students were involved heavily in the development of 18 flash video presentations on very important poverty law issues. Those videos are available here: http://media.glsp.org .
The University of Georgia School of Law’s Working In the Public Interest (WIPI) Conference will be held later in February. The WIPI conference is a two-day event packed with timely panel discussions, keynote speakers, and networking receptions. The students’ 4th Annual Conference will be on February 27-28, 2009 at the law school in Athens. Topics include: Economic Disparity, LGBT issues, Juvenile Sentencing, Human Rights, Sex trafficking and more. You can learn more here about the WIPI conference HERE.