Thank you for volunteering to become a supervising attorney for law students conducting initial client interviews in the Child and Family Law Clinic. The typical time commitment for a semester is two or three client interviews scheduled on a Tuesday or Thursday evening between 5:30 and 7:30.
Please find enclosed an outline that has been provided to the students as a guide on the client intake and interview process. The outline may be helpful to your understanding of our procedure and student expectations and responsibilities.
The Clinic Administrator, Bertha Fresquez, will be contacting you to coordinate and schedule the client interviews that you will be supervising. Prior to the interview there are two forms that we need for you to sign, a volunteer confidentiality agreement and a certification of State Bar of Arizona membership in good standing. Enclosed you will find a copy of the relevant portions of Arizona Supreme Court Rule 38(d)(8) that relate to your role as a supervising attorney.
The client's that contact the Clinic for services have a myriad of legal issues that usually stem from an abusive relationship with an intimate partner. It is not uncommon for clients to have concerns relating to domestic violence protection orders, criminal prosecution and defense, divorce, child custody, child welfare, child support, housing, employment, and immigration. In your role as supervising attorney you can help the law students identify the issues involved. Enclosed you will find a publication produced by the American Bar Association, Commission on Domestic Violence, titled Comprehensive Issue Spotting: A Tool for Civil Attorneys Representing Victims of Domestic & Dating Violence, Sexual Assault & Stalking. The clients are informed at the start of the interview that the primary purpose for the session is information gathering and issue spotting. The clients are informed that the students may need to complete some research on issues so that legal advice can be provided after the interview. Supervising attorneys are not expected to provide legal advice in areas outside of their level of comfort or expertise. Of course, if you are able to help the law student provide legal advice to the client during the interview, then that is always welcome.
Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for your time and service.
Do you want to help survivors of domestic violence? Te gustaria ayudar las victimas de violencia domestica? Do you Speak Spanish? Hablas espanol? We Need Your Help! Necesitamos tu ayuda!
The Child & Family Law Clinic is looking for Spanish language interpreters for up to four hours per week to interpret client interviews and/or to translate legal documents for our Spanish speaking Clients. Estamos buscando interpretes de espanol para trabajar cuatro horas o menos a la semana traduciendo entrevistas con los clientes y tambien traduciendo documentos legales. Minimum requirements include 2 years prior language interpretation and translation experience OR a Master's Degree in Spanish or other equivalent experience or education. Los requerimientos minimos incluyen 2 anos de experiencia interpretando y traduciendo, u la maestria de espanol, U otra experiencia y educacion equivalente. Only Current University of Arizona or Arizona State University Students are eligible to apply. Solo estudiantes actualmente matriculado en la Universidad de Arizona o la Universidad del Estado de Arizona deberan aplicar.
For more information contact:
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law
RH 101 1145
N. Mountain Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Fax (520) 626-5233