|A Note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer||Vol. 1, No. 5|
How many of us gained direct work experience in our fields of study during college or law school?
The UH Law Center has always taken a lead in giving law students a chance to sample the real world of law, and we are determined to do even more. First case in point: our Transactional Clinic, where lawyers from Baker & McKenzie LLP are working pro bono overseeing students as they represent and counsel clients on business start-ups and other transactional matters. Congratulations to Clinical Professor Don Tomlinson and the forward-thinkers at Baker & McKenzie for setting up this innovative program. I hope it continues to expand in the future.
Another case involves our Immigration Clinic, which frequently is the only legal resource available to immigrant detainees, unaccompanied minors, or spouses or children who have been victims of domestic violence, human slavery or persecution abroad. Students who augment their studies by working in our Immigration Clinic perform a vitally important role in our community, and I salute Clinical Professor Joe Vail and staff attorneys Anne Chandler ’98 and Diana Velardo LL.M. ’01 for raising more than $350,000 over the past year to expand our capabilities in this area.
Let me end with a note about a friend. Gordon T. Arnold ’88 has been elected Vice-Chair of the Section of Intellectual Property of the American Bar Association, the largest organization of IP lawyers in the world. This puts Gordon in line to become chair of the section. Gordon has done remarkable work – and the ABA is lucky to have him.
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