Title of Presentation : Innovative Solutions to Challenges Facing Criminal Defense Clinics

Names of all Presenters : Zaza Namoradze, Ernest Ojukwu, Gebrehiwot Hadush Abera, Vidjia Phun, Wang Shirong, Mirwais Ayobi

Short Abstract : The panel will present a variety of clinical teaching models and address a range of challenges including: how to obtain student access to clients in prison how to ensure that students have a meaningful experience in externship placements when they are working with busy public defenders and how to involve students in criminal reconciliation process that may not always respect the rights of the defendant. Following presentations by panelists, attendees will have an opportunity to submit examples of challenges their own criminal defense clinics have faced. This session does not fit into any of he stated conference themes although some of the criminal defense clinics will discuss helping to secure socio economics rights.
This session will promote justice education as it will highlight innovative experiential learning practices that expose students to the inequities of the criminal justice system and train them to meet the needs of the marginalized in their communities.

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