Date(s) - 04/11/2019
5:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Wolf Law (Wittemeyer Courtroom)
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Ethical Practice with Student Attorneys: A Night with the Acequia Assistance Project
Join the Acequia Project for a CLE and celebration of our student volunteers and pro bono attorneys!
Thursday, April 11th
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
The Acequia Assistance Project pairs groups of law students with pro bono supervising attorneys to provide free legal representation to acequias, which are traditional Hispanic irrigation communities located in southern Colorado. The Project just completed its longest-running case, and stories from the students and their client will highlight the benefits, both to students and our clients, when attorneys volunteer to supervise a case.
Speakers will focus on the role that legal ethics play in shaping relationships between students, their supervising attorneys, and their clients. Many supervising attorneys are students’ first source of information on legal ethics. Students learn firsthand that ethical rules govern all of their interactions with their clients, including how to safeguard client information, why to communicate regularly with clients, and the importance of checking for conflicts in representation. At the same time, supervising attorneys serve as role models for ethical practice, including through their pro bono service to the Project. The CLE will explain how students learn the ethical rules governing all law practice in the context of a public service project that itself is a model of ethical representation for low-income people.
After the presentation, join us in the student commons to interact with current student volunteers and pro bono attorneys over food and drinks. We look forward to meeting you and introducing you to our Project.
The event is free and open to the public. Please register to attend. The Project will apply for 1 Ethics Credit for this event.
Attendance at this event will be free, but we request that you consider donating to our Law of the River seminar. This seminar takes a group of students dedicated to natural resources and the west on a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon with practitioners and academics as a capstone to learning the issues surrounding the Colorado River. To learn more and donate, please visit this link: http://c-fund.us/jx5