Written by Christy M. Caves and published by the Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 84, No. 23, September 14, 2013
The University of Tulsa College of Law students proudly serve their school, their community and their profession. In support of the college’s belief in instilling a life-long commitment to public service, we have been working on new projects allowing our law students new opportunities to assist the underserved and underrepresented in our community.
On June 15, TU Law students, alumni and staff teamed up to provide critical legal assistance at a free immigration law clinic held at the Boesche Legal Clinic. The clinic was organized to provide assistance to individuals
On June 15, TU College of Law students, alumni, and staff teamed up to provide critical legal assistance at a free immigration law clinic held at the Boesche Legal Clinic. The clinic was organized to provide assistance to individuals applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program announced last summer by Department of Homeland Security. The DACA program allows undocumented young adults to request deferred action on their immigration status for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They would then be eligible for work authorization. The program is aimed at qualifying immigrants who came to the U.S. on or before June 2007 and who were 16 or younger at the time of their arrival. Among other qualifications for the program, the young adults must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. The clinic volunteers, who included law students enrolled in a summer immigration law course taught by Professor Elizabeth McCormick, participated in a day-long DACA training on June 14. The training and clinic were organized by Professor McCormick and Laura Bachman, Staff Attorney with the legal clinic’s Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network and adjunct faculty member at the College of Law.
(Chynna Smith, Class of 2014)
2L Margo Shipley shares her experience as a student clinic intern in the Immigrants’ Rights Project at The University of Tulsa College of Law’s Boesche Legal Clinic.
3L Todd Arnold discusses the value of working at the non-profit law firm Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.
I began working with Legal Aid Services in August of 2012. I was able to obtain a paid internship for both the fall and spring semester of my 3L year. The internship was particularly attractive to me since it requires an immense amount of attention to detail, without an abundance of trial litigation. The transactional side of the legal profession is where I will be spending most of my professional career, and an internship with the Bankruptcy Division was a great start in helping me pursue employment in that direction.