Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ) is reviving the Law School Network, in which interested law students apply for the opportunity to work with panel attorneys. The new program is similar and will be termed the Law Student Network and Volunteer Program (LSNVP). SLJ will require that students commit to work at least six hours per week for a semester. The students are also required to understand they are bound by confidentiality obligations, and are prohibited from working or doing any internship or volunteer activity with a prosecutor’s office during the duration of their SLJ commitment. The students receive no pay or academic credit for their work, but they do get experience in the practice of indigent defense. Interested attorneys should bear in mind that the students require supervision and instruction, and that as the attorney supervising a non-lawyer, you are obligated to ensure their compliance with the ethics rules. Lawyers may not bill for the time law students accrue on a case. Also, recent CPCS Performance Guidelines state that Bar Advocates are not allowed to have a 3:03 student make any oral arguments, bail arguments, or stand in for the Attorney in any way.
If you are interested in having a LSN student work with you this fall, the fall of 2013, please email John Barry at [email protected]. All that are interested should respond immediately.