For many students, studying abroad offers them the opportunity to experience a new place, new culture and of course make new friends all while earning course credits. For 2L Blake Johnson, who is in the middle of the photograph, studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland was no exception. Whether he was being placed in the back of an armored car in Belfast, studying for class or working at one of the largest solicitor’s firms in Dublin, Johnson certainly had an experience he will never forget.
After spending two years with the Department of Justice in San Diego, Caleb Overstreet (JD ’10) relocated nearly half way around the world to Thailand where he now works for International Justice Mission dealing with anti-human trafficking issues.
I am externing at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office in Jefferson City, Missouri. One reason I chose this position is because I wanted to be closer to home this summer. I am from St. Louis and Jefferson City is only about an hour and a half away. More importantly, I wanted to get a glimpse of how the legal system works from the government side. I knew this position would provide me with the opportunity to see how the State of Missouri enforces the law through the court system, particularly, the laws you don’t hear about on a daily basis.
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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)