The College of Law’s alternative spring break trip to Des Moines is just two weeks away. The trip provides participants with a unique opportunities to see state government from behind the scenes and for one-on-one networking with legislators, government attorneys, judges and their clerks, in-house counsel, and private practitioners. The tentative planning schedule for the trip is available here. Students wishing to participate should complete this interest form and pay a $20 non-refundable deposit by next Tuesday, March 11, at noon. Checks should be made out to “The University of Iowa College of Law” with “DSM ASB” in the memo line and can be given to Michelle or Rene in the Dean’s Suite. Students will be responsible for their own housing and transportation, although CLP will attempt to find carpooling and housing matches if possible. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cristine Swanson Wilson was a visionary who accomplished much during her brief but distinguished life. She was not only a mother, school teacher, and law student, but also a champion of equality and justice for women. Cristine died in 1991, following a 14 year coma caused by a car accident when she was 31 years old. Criteria for selection of scholarship recipients: Current L1 or L2 full time law students, in good academic standing, who have demonstrated financial need. Preference to a law student whose background and future goals demonstrate a commitment to public service. Preference to a female who is non-traditional in some way and plans to remain in Iowa upon graduation. Please see the application for further information.
Congratulations to the Faculty and Staff of the Iowa Law community on your clear victory in ISBA’s spread the Love Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive!
A big thank you goes out to all of the students and faculty members who participated in last week’s “Spread the Love” PB&J Drive! The ISBA Philanthropy Committee sponsored the drive on behalf of the Johnson County Crisis Center, which provides much needed food and social services to county residents.
This need for peanut butter and jelly specifically is very pressing for the Crisis Center, as high-protein foods are a challenge for the Food Bank to stock.
Due to the generous donations of Iowa Law faculty, staff, and students, the Crisis Center received 215 pounds of PB&J!
For more information on the Crisis Center and how you can make a difference in the Johnson County community, please click here for more information!
This week, on the ABA Center for Pro Bono Exchange’s blog, Karen T. Grisez reflected on a an early pro bono case in her career. Grisez is an attorney with Fried Frank in Washington, D.C. and a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. In addition to providing a depiction of the case itself, Grisez provides pieces of advice involving pro bono service in general. These include that while winning is great, it isn’t everything, and that some cases transcend the case itself to create lasting friendships. To read the entire article, please click here.
Friday Feb. 28
The Citizen Lawyer Program will host an informational meeting on Friday for all students interested in participating in the Des Moines Alternative Spring Break Trip. This is a great opportunity for students interested in practicing is Des Moines and students interested in the legislative process, policy work or public service.
On Friday, February 14, the Citizen Lawyer Program welcomed Ernest Niño-Murcia for a Lawyers and Leaders program titled, “You Said What? Getting the Most Out of Court Interpreter Services.” Attendees learned about the court interpreter certification program in Iowa and the practical and ethical considerations necessary to have a successful relationship with a court interpreter. Ernest shared examples from his experience as a federal and state-certified court interpreter and advice based on frequent mistakes he sees lawyers make when working with limited-English proficient clients and with interpreters.
One important consideration for lawyers working with an interpreter is the protocol and ethics that court interpreters are obligated to follow. During a court proceeding, court interpreters have an ethical responsibility to act as the person’s ears and interpret literally everything that is said. That means they cannot act or speak independently, or offer their personal opinion of the proceedings or of the witness’ demeanor.
The core of Ernest’s presentation was a six-point list for lawyers to help them avoid 99 percent of interpreter headaches. The list included:
- Choose a qualified interpreter
- Address the limited English proficient party directly
- Take responsibility for explaining to party and gauging party’s understanding
- Be aware of interpreter fatigue
- Perform preventative maintenance – prep client and provide background information to interpreter upon request
- Respect interpreter scope of practice
The full slide presentation can be viewed here: L&L Presentation Court Interpreter Ernest Nino-Murcia Feb 14 2014