Bench & Bar

SEP 2018

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| SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 24 Lazy days of summer? Not for Chase College of Law students. For some of them, summer was a time to work with international lawyers in a European war crimes trial, investigate forced-labor cases in South Asia, research potential death-sentence appeals in the United States, try cases in municipal courts, and, gen- erally, do what lawyers do. It was a time to apply and test what they have learned in classes, and to prepare for careers. From law offices and courtrooms just a few miles from the Northern Kentucky University campus to venues thousands of miles away, students this summer were involved in the practice of law in: • THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, IN A WAR CRIMES TRIAL Erik Crew was at e Hague to work with a British lawyer from Global Rights Compliance at the trial of a former Serbian intel- ligence officer. It was an opportunity to learn trial advocacy and focus on cross-examination of prosecution witnesses. How Chase prepared him: "e (Global Rights Compliance) interviewers tested my understanding of international humanitarian law and my legal research abilities, and I was able to respond successfully because of the knowledge I've developed from Professor Ursula Doyle." • SOUTH ASIA, IN FORCED-LABOR CASES Tanner Duncan was with the U.S.-based nonprofit International Justice Mission to provide legal research on forced-labor cases and to train public officials on applicable laws. How Chase prepared him: International law courses expanded his interest in international work and a legal writing course prepared him for memos he would need to write. • ATLANTA, IN DEATH-PENALTY APPEALS Molly Bramble worked for the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Georgia on indigent inmates' cases. "Repre- senting someone on Death Row in later stages involves building that person's story and filling in the blanks where information may have been lost or omitted at trial," she says. How Chase prepared her: She would utilize what she learned in criminal law classes and from legal research for a clinic director. Other students worked in other positions, including in Cape Town, South Africa; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Reno, Nev.; and, of course, Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. CHASE STUDENTS GO GLOBAL , STAY LOCAL TO EXPAND SKILLS • METRO CINCINNATI, IN LOCAL TRIALS Christy Hiance worked in the Hamilton County Public Defender Office to research, write motions, and assist in an expungement clinic. "is experience will allow me to gauge the nuances of the attorney-client relationship," she says. How Chase prepared her: Experiences so far have pointed her toward indigent defense work. Amber Daniel was an extern in the City of Cincinnati Law Depart- ment, which involved work in Hamilton County Municipal Court and trying a case (which she won). How Chase prepared her: "If it wasn't for oral arguments in my 1L year, I would not have felt as confident for my first trial," she says. • WASHINGTON, D.C., AREA, IN MILITARY AND VETERANS' MATTERS Greg Bashford worked with the Navy Judge Advocate General at the Defense Health Headquarters, in Falls Church, Va., to research ethics questions and write reports on courts-martial preliminary hearings. How Chase prepared him: "My writing course taught me how to research any legal issue, no matter the complexity, and produce a persuasive and well-written work product." Russell Nelson spent the summer with the Alexandria, Va.-based Blinded Veterans Association, writing and lobbying for proposed legislation. How Chase prepared him: "My Chase education has changed how I look at things—more inquisitively and from the periphery. It has honed my abilities to recognize, read, and com- prehend legal terminology." COLUMNS

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