Title: Making the System Work: Using Victim Advocacy Clinics and Institutionalized Training to Promote Competency and Confidence in Mexican Justice Reforms
Lead Presenter: Evelyn Haydee Cruz
Session Abstract: In 2016 the Mexican criminal courts switched to oral trials. In anticipation, new procedures were drafted, courtrooms were equipped, and cadres of attorneys trained. Mexican law schools have also begun to train students through moot court competitions and simulation courses. However, a live-client clinic is another excellent way to do so. In this session, we will discuss a three year U.S. Department of State funded project between Arizona State University (ASU) and Tecnologico de Monterrey (TEC) to establish victim advocacy clinics at TEC campuses. We will discuss the structuring of the clinics, teaching modules we are creating, and project-related materials that can serve as tools for other Mexican law schools to establish clinics at their campuses.
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