University of York Scholars visit SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Clinical Legal Education Program

Published August 23, 2012

Two visiting Clinical Scholars from The University of York (U.K.) are visiting SUNY Buffalo Law School’s Clinical Legal Education Program from August 20 – September 7, 2012.

“We are delighted to host scholars from such a prestigious peer institution, who have worked under an internationally-renowned legal educator Professor Grimes. Bridges across programs will benefit both our institutions.”
Kim Diana Connolly, Clinical Legal Education Director

The scholars, Rachel Pennington and Oliver Law, are participants in a program run by York Law School’s Director of Clinical Programmes, Richard Grimes.

On the Law School’s visiting scholars, Clinical Legal Education Director Kim Diana Connolly says “we are delighted to host scholars from such a prestigious peer institution, who have worked under an internationally-renowned legal educator Professor Grimes. Bridges across programs will benefit both our institutions.”

Pennington, who plans to become a Barrister, writes the following on her visit: “I am currently studying my masters in International Human Rights Law and Practice and hope to go on in the future to practice as a Barrister working with legal aid clients on issues of social justice. … I hope that we will be able to gain varied skills, experience, and knowledge from the clinic as well as being able to assist the clinic where needed.” She will be working on a number of projects, including human rights research for the Women, Children and Social Justice Clinic‎.

Law, whose goal is to be a Solicitor, has a particular interest in property law and hopes “to get a broad range of experiences during my time in Buffalo.” He will be assisting with preliminary research for the Healthy Homes Legal Practicum being held in the fall semester at the Law School.

During their stay, the scholars will also attend “Introduction to the U.S. Legal System” with the Director of Post-Professional and International Education Joseph Schneider, and assist Clinical Professor Lauren Breen with the Consumer and Financial Advocacy Clinic. The scholars will also team up to generate a draft template for SUNY Buffalo Clinical Law Program’s forthcoming Protocols for Clinical Legal Education and Computing in the Cloud.