did you decide to join the University of California, Irvine School
What motivated me was the opportunity to work with Dean Chemerinsky and the other founding faculty of the UC Irvine School of Law to create the highest quality clinical education and service learning programs possible. We intend to provide an outstanding experiential learning course for every UC Irvine School of Law student within a well-integrated service learning program that offers a variety of opportunities in many areas of legal practice.
What are your plans
for the clinical education and service learning program at the University
of California, Irvine School of Law?
For decades, the legal profession has called for significant reform in legal education, particularly in addressing a lack of preparation for the actual practice of law. As a startup law school, UC Irvine has a meaningful opportunity to really change the nature of how lawyers are educated—building on the best of the traditional approaches while ensuring that law students develop hands-on experience with real clients on real cases and issues. And at UCI we’ll be able to really integrate service learning and the development of practical legal skills into the curriculum. Having a full year for planning before the first students even arrive on campus is unprecedented and has allowed us to build a unique program that we hope will become a model for other law schools.