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Lessons from Forty Years of Interference in Law School Clinics


Robert R. Kuehn


Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

Bridget McCormack


University of Michigan Law School

January 1, 2011

Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 59, 2011
Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-01-02

Abstract:     
Recently, there have been a number of well-publicized attacks on law school clinics over their legal representation of unpopular individuals and organizations, which brings them in opposition to powerful business and political interests. This article analyzes the effects of forty years of publicized interference in law school clinics on law clinic attorneys and clinical legal education, and the lessons that can be drawn from this extended history. The article includes a typology of outside interference in clinics, provides empirical support for the negative effects of this interference on the attitudes and actions of clinic attorneys, and argues that there are a number of important lessons from this historical and empirical analysis that can help avoid or minimize future efforts to interfere in the cases handled by law clinics. The article concludes that the legal profession and legal educators must do more to ensure that the important role law clinics play in access to legal assistance, especially to those who are unpopular or whose cause is controversial, is not hampered by the continuing specter of interference.

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Date posted: February 10, 2011  

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Kuehn, Robert R. and McCormack, Bridget, Lessons from Forty Years of Interference in Law School Clinics (January 1, 2011). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 24, No. 59, 2011; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-01-02. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1756908

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Robert R. Kuehn (Contact Author)
Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law ( email )
Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States
314-935-5706 (Phone)
314-935-5356 (Fax)
Bridget McCormack
University of Michigan Law School ( email )
625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
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