A Message From Jeffrey R. Baker (Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and Global Programs, Pepperdine):
In Fall 2021, our faculty, students, and clients continue to grapple with the pandemic and its far-reaching effects. With innovative flexibility, we continue to pursue our missions of fruitful education, professional formation, and access to justice. Law practice is never static; we are never immune from disruption. In this age of crisis and transition, our clinical faculty approaches every challenge, detour, mistake, and experiment as an opportunity to teach and learn. Our students and faculty serve clients from Skid Row to the Ninth Circuit, from state courts to the IRS, from the US to four other continents, through litigation, mediation, transactions and every step of client-centered advice, counsel, and advocacy. Emerging from the pandemic, we have learned lessons that will serve our students and clients for years to come.
And we continue to grow. In Spring 2022, the Caruso School of Law is launching the new Religious Liberty Clinic with a creative civil rights practice under the direction of Eric Rassbach and in collaboration with Jones Day. It will be the tenth clinic at the School of Law, adding important new dimensions to our mission and practice, with outstanding collaborations and a national practice.
Michael Martinez joined our team as Clinical Program Manager in the summer. His work has been indispensable as we navigate emerging challenges and evolution of the programs and practice.
I invite you to read stories from the Legal Aid Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Community Justice Clinic, Restoration and Justice Clinic, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Disaster Relief Clinic, Faith and Family Mediation Clinic, and Startup Law Clinic. You can also learn more about our Practicum Program: the Public Interest Law Practicum with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, the Veterans Law Practicum with the Ventura County Public Defender, and our expansive Externship Program with hundreds of field placements each year at home and around the world.
Each of our clinics offers a unique scope and style of practice, affording students incomparable experience to develop as professionals and serve clients and communities in great need. Through our clinics, practicums, and expansive externship program, we ensure students thrive in practice during law school and advance access to justice locally, nationally, and globally.
Jeff Baker's TaxProf Blog op-eds: