A Professor Working in a Law Office?!
A law professor helping out in a law office? Can that work?
Well, from the law professor’s perspective, at least, the answer is yes.
Two years ago Jeff Been, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Louisville proposed the Brandeis Partners for Justice Fellowship, a partnership between the
I’m in my third week as the Brandeis Fellow at the Louisville Legal Aid Society and, thanks to the great staff at Legal Aid, thus far there has been plenty for me to do. Several tasks have come my way because of my teaching specialty, which is legal writing. Thus I’m busy revising the office manual for case handlers and working to reorganize a tenants’ rights manual for the housing unit. I’ve also had the opportunity to look at some documents drafted by staff members, which provides a reminder to me of the volume of writing that lawyers produce in the practice of law.
I’ve done some quick research projects, which I always enjoy, and am working on a more substantial issue that will take some time. And yes, I’m already thinking, “Wow, this would be a good topic for an article.” I may be doing some community outreach – contacting organizations that provide services to low-income individuals to explain some of the services available at Legal Aid. Plus, just this week one of the lawyers let me tag along to district court, where the lawyer had two cases scheduled. Both were quick and noncontroversial, but it was fun to be in the courtroom and watch the proceedings.
I am the second
I’ll try to provide an occasional update!