Courses 2008 - 2009
LAW B537 Refugee Advocacy Clinic
Credits: 1-12, Variable
Clinical training in public benefits problems of refugees and immigrants under the supervision of a member of the Law School faculty. The clinic will be based at Northwest Justice Project in downtown Seattle. The clinic begins with a seminar component covering substantive law governing eligibility for relevant programs such as Refugee Benefits, Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Food Stamps, and Medicaid, administrative law, skills training, intercultural sensitivity, including working with translators, and professional responsibility concerns. Students then participate in a carefully supervised practice component in which students represent refugees in cases involving entitlement to government benefits. On behalf of clients, students will have opportunities to interview, gather facts informally or through legal discovery, negotiate, counsel, and conduct administrative hearings. Clients will generally be referred to the clinic from programs providing social services to refugees. Professional responsibility, immigration law, administrative law, and trial advocacy recommended prior to or concurrent with enrollment, but not required. Open to second- or third-year students. Enrollment limited to 6 students. Enrollment priorities for clinics apply. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.