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Juvenile Justice and Tax Practicums Added to Clinical Education Program for Spring 2014

Pepperdine is committed to providing diverse, rigorous and rich experiences for law students, and the School of Law is pleased to announce two new practicum offerings in the Clinical Education program for Spring 2014.

In the Juvenile Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum, students will work with teens in custody at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's facility at Camp Gonzalez to teach peacemaking and dispute resolution as a part of coordinated efforts to reduce recidivism and to promote better outcomes through the juvenile justice system. Students will receive intensive training in peacemaking and dispute resolution, and they will assist in teaching and training incarcerated teens in these skills and virtues. Students will develop knowledge and insight into the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, develop critical cultural competence, and develop skills and virtues of dispute resolution. This Practicum is in partnership with the Straus Institute on Dispute Resolution.

In the Tax Appeals Assistance Practicum, students will represent disadvantaged clients in tax appeals before the California State Board of Equalization, under supervision of lawyers with the Tax Appeals Assistance Program. The course will involve diverse aspects of practicing in the Office of Taxpayers' Rights Advocate at the Board of Equalization. Students will interact with the staff professionals at the State Board of Equalization, communicate with clients to develop cases, collaborate with supervising attorneys, prepare cases, promote policy positions, present analysis to Board of Equalization auditors, and may participate in adversarial administrative proceedings. Law faculty specializing in taxation will serve as advisors to the students and will meet bi-weekly with students.

Experiential learning is critical to professional formation and preparation for practice. These new practicums enhance the School of Law's growing program of clinical education, including the Legal Aid Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission, the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, the Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic, the Investor Rights Clinic, the Employment Mediation Clinic, the Mediation Clinic, and extensive field placements in the Externship program.

For more information on these programs and other clinical projects, please contact Professor Jeffrey Baker, Director of Clinical Education () or the Clinical Programs Administrator ().