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New clinic facility aims for law firm aura


Penn State Law students and faculty took a break from preparing for final exams by enjoying some Creamery ice cream at an open house held by the Law School to officially unveil the new clinic space located in Innovation Park. The clinic houses the Center for Immigrants' Rights, the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic, the Family Law Clinic, the International Sustainable Development Projects Clinic, and the Rural Economic Development Clinic.

"We love the space," said Center for Immigrants' Rights student Daniel DeCurtis '12. "It feels like you're walking into a law firm."

The facility, located in the 329 Building, includes conference rooms, private offices, and a central open area with individual student work spaces. It is connected via high definition audiovisual to the Law School's University Park and Carlisle classrooms. Faculty also use the AV technology to connect to client organizations located out of the area.

"We need to be able to conference with organizations in Washington or on the West Coast for example who are writing supporting briefs," said Professor Michael Foreman, director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic. "The AV technology is an important element of our work."

Professor Jill Engle, director of University Park's Family Law Clinic, said the new facility works well for both clients and students. "It's on campus and close to the Lewis Katz Building, but it provides a level of privacy that our clients welcome. We are able to work as we would in a law firm with several different practice areas."

To see photos of the open house, please visit our Facebook album.

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