The Frank J. Remington Center University of Wisconsin Law School
Greetings! It is a pleasure to present the August edition of our
newsletter to friends and graduates of the Remington Center. As befitsa newsletter coming on the heels of our busy summer program, thisedition is packed with essays by students and clinical faculty, describ-ing the many and varied activities in our clinical programs.
We want to begin by extending our thanks to Administrative
Specialist Peggy Hacker, who has mastered the software necessary toprovide our newsletter with its newer, more professional "look."
Through no deliberate process, it appears this edition of the newslet-
ter does have a theme, and that theme is "change"–change in our stu-dents' views of their clients, of their own roles, and of the justice sys-tem; the healing changes of a victim-offender conference; our clinics'role in creating changes–more accurately, improvements–in the justicesystem; and changes in the clinics themselves. We hope that thisnewsletter gives our readers a sense of the Remington Center's abilityto create and implement change, while remaining true to FrankRemington's vision of our role in providing quality legal education, helpto underserved populations, and research about the justice system.
Finally, on the subject of change, we must announce with great
regret one significant change at the Remington Center. In 2003, BetsyAbramson joined the Remington Center's Economic Justice Institute,to create and direct an Elder Law Clinic. Although the clinic has beenan enormous success, its two years of grant funding have run out. Given the University's well-publicized financial problems, the LawSchool has been unable to commit the resources necessary to providepermanent funding for the Elder Law Clinic. Thus, the Clinic will closeits doors as of August 31st, and Betsy will return to the private sector. We thank Betsy for all of the wonderful work she has done–for stu-dents as well as for elders–and wish her the best in the future. Walter Dickey Meredith Ross Faculty Director Director [email protected] [email protected] LAIP Changed My Perspective By Christopher Ladwig
Disability Insurance (SSDI) for alearning disability would be rein-
Second year law student I no longer saw
working with my first client, "Mr. him as a crimi- nal, but rather as a person seeking justice who did not have the means to reach Working with that goal on his my first client, lation of parole, making "Mr. Doe," The fulfillment of drastically
release. If Mr. Doe's helping Mr. Doe changed my reach the result perspective. he saw as just
the already difficult far surpassed any experience I have had thus far in my law school
anxious to get the con- Finally, after 22 years. the chance to described the father as "tell my side of the story." The Healing Power of Victim- Offender Conferencing By Shira Phelps Second Year Law Student
said I was innocent," he said. "I
of "feeling trapped." The offender
in their lives is "marked" by what
asked if there was ever The most
enough time when you dramatic moment of conference came when the older
apart by the murder of daughter told asking him something. the offender that he prob- ably saved The victim their moth- er's life by advocate had been hesitant offender's social worker killing their to attend the and the victim advocate conference, but was glad worker thought the for- she did. She mat worked very well felt it went very well and "gave the daughters something needed." Persistent Students Win Relief for Client By John Pray
the case, by the time that Markand Mike's one-year internship
Clinical Professor Wisconsin Innocence Project Helps Exonerate Eau Claire County Man by Meredith Ross Clinical Professor happens in
relating to Charles's case. our "big cases," one thing led to another and had now graduated and soon up to our necks.
all lineups, photo arrays, andshowups, the new policy recom-
The Wisconsin Criminal Justice
mends: 1) appropriate "fillers" that
Study Commission Innocence Project Helps Advance Reforms to Improve the Criminal Justice System By Byron Lichstein As more and Clinical Instructor more agencies finding functions of the adopt the Model Policy,
subjects, to discourage it will become
witnesses from making less likely that Innocence Project, on the tragedy of Steven Avery's with Marquette Law case will be repeated in Wisconsin. Avery Task Force Model Eyewitness Guidelines In the four cases, the Court adopt- ed, in whole or in part, the person "showup" proce-
ness and reliability of that system. positions advocated by Name Change Reflects Innocence Project. Expanded Role for FCAP By Marsha Mansfield Clinical Assistant Professor Amicus Curiae Briefs
by "clear and convincing evidence"
leader in our communi- Vicky has leader in our community's Transitions at the poverty and for economic Neighborhood Law Project justice. By Juliet Brodie Clinical Associate Professor Director, Neighborhood Law NLP Students Help Newly Homeless Families on Allied Drive By Angela Thundercloud Second year law student Madison has partnered with privatedevelopers to build new housing. Aing with expanding its intake loca-new Boys & Girls Club is under con-struction, and many social serviceproviders are focusing on the fami-Allied is Madison's highest profile"challenged" neighborhood rightble to the residents of this geograph-
Justice Institute's "sister" non-
below, written as an e-mail to herdescribes what she and a colleaguethey arrived for their Allied shift.The smell
tance, or unpaid wage coming out of the building was terrible. People told us the conditions were like they had not had hot water of the residents had for two weeks. three years. Many said No one knew We took the how to contact their own improvements the landlord to them to the
could help, we headed get their secu- the carpet, fixing leaky Salvation rity deposit Army to con- returned.
and hurried back to the tinue filling
hoping there would still applications Emergency Assistance. This summer has been full of experiences that culminate NLP, some of them will with the star- tling realiza- tion that peo-
sparking electrical out- ple in our com- ment for the months munity are struggling with poverty. Contributions Support Remington Center's Summer Students Consumer Clinic Multi-District By Meredith Ross
so generously, and remind readersthat FORCE welcomes donations
Clinical Professor Case Involving Prescription Drugs Ends with $30.7 Million Settlement
Center students. Over the pastfew years, FORCE has raised over
Friends of the Remington Center Endowment By Steve Meili 975 Bascom Mall Clinical Professor Madison, WI 53706 Director, Consumer Law Litigation
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