Course Arizona Attorney General Clinic - Law 643K
Instructor Kim Ortiz
Email kim.ortiz@azag.gov
Coteachers:
Units 3 (Pass/Fail)
Prerequisites:

38(d) eligibility within the academic year and instructor permission are required to register.  For consideration, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter explaining their interest in prosecution and any related experience to Section Chief Kim Ortiz at kim.ortiz@azag.gov.  A personal interview also is required and all candidates must complete an application and pass a background and fingerprint check.  Students shall maintain strict confidentiality to protect the integrity of cases and cannot simultaneously participate in a clinic which presents any conflict of interest. Students must have taken Criminal Procedure and must have taken (or be enrolled) in Evidence and Legal Profession. 

 
Recommended Courses:

Any criminal law/procedure, writing, and oral advocacy courses will be useful.

 
Overview

The Attorney General's Office uses court-authorized electronic interception to focus its prosecution efforts against the Mexican cartels and U.S.-based transportation cells involved in the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and humans across Arizona’s southern border.  Its experienced prosecutors also specialize in fraud investigations, including public corruption, financial fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud, identity theft, social security fraud, AHCCCS fraud, manufacturing of fraudulent credit cards and many other economic crimes. The Tucson section also emphasizes prosecution of elder financial exploitation and physical crimes against this vulnerable population.  The section’s close working relationship with law enforcement agencies allows for the successful completion of long-term investigations and sophisticated prosecutions of large-scale criminal enterprises and complex fraud schemes.


The 38(d) students will work with prosecutors and law enforcement to assess evidence, evaluate evidentiary issues in cases, identify potential violations of law, and draft indictments.  Students also will participate in motion practice, plea and/or settlement negotiations, and trial preparation under the supervision of the Assistant Attorneys General.  Because of the lengthy nature of investigations and litigation in the Attorney General’s Office, students are required to enroll for two semesters. Clinic students will be given preference to start (or to continue) as Summer Interns.

 
Materials

No books required. 

 

 
Course Format

The ideal 38(d) candidate will have a demonstrated interest in a criminal prosecution career, should desire – as opposed to fear – courtroom advocacy with a live audience, and should have above-average organizational, writing, and expressive language skills.  A healthy ego and sense of humor also are Clinic necessities, and students should welcome, and be able to handle, suggestions and critiques from the attorneys.  Students will leave this clinic with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of ethical criminal prosecution, knowledge of real-life court procedure, along with nuanced practice tips from experienced criminal prosecutors.

 

 

The Clinic meets weekly at the Attorney General's office for instruction by AAGs on criminal practice and procedure, including ethics.  At the weekly meeting, students also will share case developments, problems/issues/concerns, and other matters of interest. Students should be prepared to spend substantial amounts of time on research, writing, thorough preparation for court appearances and legal arguments, and other case-related responsibilities.  The general rule is 50 hours per unit of credit, or 150 hours per semester; this figure will be a floor for students involved in evidentiary/motion hearings or trials.  

 

 
Written Assignments

Students will draft various case-related documents and pleadings during the course of the clinic. Students also will maintain and submit weekly logs of their work.

 
Type of Exam

N/A

 
Basis for grading

 

This two-semester, three-credit P/F course is graded based on initiative, preparation, participation, enthusiasm, courtroom advocacy, and improvement in written work.

 
Additional Comments

This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.

 
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