CourseAZ Attorney General Clinic - Law 643K
Instructor Kim Ortiz   View Faculty Page
Emailkim.ortiz@azag.gov
Coteachers:Jette, Michael
Units 3 - Pass/Fail
Prerequisites: Permission of the Instructor. Applicants will submit a personal statement explaining their interest in the clinic and any related experience. Interviews with the instructor and with members of the Attorney Generals staff may also be required. Fingerprint clearance and background check required. Students must have taken, or be taking, Evidence. Students must also have taken or be enrolled in Legal Profession. [Also, students in the Fall-Spring cycle must attend the Arizona White Collar and Financial Crime course lectures. However, they need not register for that class separately. For students in the Spring-Fall cycle, preference will be given to students who have already taken Arizona White Collar and Financial Crime.] 
Recommended Courses: Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Legal Profession, Income Taxation, Criminal Investigation and Discovery. Corporations is also useful. 
Overview

In this clinic, students will work on various matters handled by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, including white collar, financial fraud and financial elder abuse investigations.  The students will work with investigators to evaluate potential violations of law, draft indictments or civil complaints, evaluate potential evidentiary problems, participate in motion practice, plea or settlement negotiations, trial preparation, and, if necessary, trials.  Students will work with and under the supervision of professor and Special Assistant Attorney General Jack Chin, and other Assistant Attorneys General.

 

Because of the lengthy nature of investigations and litigation in the Attorney General’s Office, students will be expected to enroll for two semesters.  Some students will begin in the Fall, some in the Spring.  Possibly one or two students can continue in the Summer as Interns.

 

 
Materials

West’s Arizona Criminal Law and Rules (current), handouts.

 

 

 
Course Format We will meet as a group or in subgroups once a week for 2 to 3 hours to discuss the cases, and to discuss the handouts relating to the law of lawyering, the criminal justice system, and prosecutorial ethics. All students are expected to be aware of all related cases being worked on by other clinic students. At the weekly meeting, students will share developments, problems, ethical issues and concerns and other matters of interest. We will also meet periodically with participants in the criminal justice system to talk about their jobs. The cases the clinic participates in are often complex. Accordingly, students should be prepared, at least periodically, to spend substantial amounts of time on research, writing, appearing in court, and in other case-related tasks. (The general rule is 50 hours per unit of credit, which would amount to 150 hours; this is a floor). Some or all of this time will be at the Attorney Generals office. Students who satisfy the requirements may appear in court under Rule 38(d).  
Written Assignments Students will draft multiple memoranda and indictments during the course of the clinic. Students will also keep logs of their work. 
Type of Exam N/A 
Basis for grading Class Participation 15%; Written Work 30%; Field Work & Evaluation 55% 
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