UC Law Students Celebrate Signing of Landmark Ohio Law They Helped Create
By: Carey Hoffman
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A model innocence reform bill for the nation that has its roots in the work of nine UC College of Law students was signed into law on Monday by Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. Hear what Gov. Strickland had to say about the Ohio Innocence Project in the accompanying video.
UC's Law Students Are Passionate About Service
Equal Justice Works program provides “real life” experiences and benefits for law students.
UC law students have turned the traditional summer break from school into a work experience designed to help prepare them for future positions as attorneys. Through the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program, three law students have found positions that allow them to fulfill their passion for service, while honing their job skills. Colleen Rosshirt is working in the field of collaborative law; Kyle Winslow is working in the area of criminal defense and public advocacy; and, Anna Nolan is focused on revitalization;
Colleen Rosshirt, a third-year student, wants a career in family law when she graduates in 2011. To gain additional experience and insight in the field, this summer she is working with the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals in coordination with the Domestic Relations Court of Hamilton County. “My project focus is creating and coordinating a pro-bono program that provides access to collaborative divorce attorneys,” Rosshirt said. Collaborative law is an alternative to litigating or mediating a divorce. Eligible participants are Hamilton County residents with children who are seeking divorce and have an income level at or below 400% of the poverty level. “My experience working with collaboratively trained lawyers and the Domestic Relations Court staff, magistrates, and judges has affirmed my interest in the family law practice area. I hope to see the growth and development of my work this summer as the program continues to impact Hamilton County’s indigent population.”
Second-year law student Kyle Winslow is working at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), assisting attorneys in case representation of indigent criminal defendants. “My internship experience includes performing legal research, conducting client interviews, and drafting various memoranda,” he said. “ The summer program has strengthened my resolve to practice criminal defense when I graduate, and the vast responsibilities I have undertaken at the DPA have provided me a realistic understanding of the career and practical experience that will enable me to be a successful attorney when I graduate.”
Second-year student Anna Nolan is working for the Foreclosure Prevention Program at Housing Opportunities Made Equal (H.O.M.E.). A native of Cincinnati, she left for a while to pursue other interests. “I moved back to get involved in its revitalization,” she commented. “I worked at Legal Aid for a year, during which I developed a dedication to public interest law that will continue to shape my career whether I work for a non-profit or a larger firm.” At H.O.M.E. Nolan works with clients who are either in foreclosure or in danger of foreclosure due to hardship. She helps them reach an alternative solution with their lender or mortgage servicer. “This position allows me to practice my client counseling, advocacy, and negotiation skills. I am also learning more about the legal issues involved in foreclosure and the debtor/creditor relationship.”
All three law students are participants of the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program which engages law students around the country to expand the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas, including: health care, family law and juvenile justice, housing and mortgage foreclosure, immigration, and hurricane relief. Since 1986, Equal Justice Works has collaborated with the nation’s leading law schools, law firms, corporate legal departments, bar foundations, and nonprofit organizations to provide the training and opportunities that enable attorneys to provide effective representation to vulnerable populations.