Professor Jeff Baker, "The Community Justice Clinic: Pepperdine Caruso School of Law" -- California Legal History
Professor Jeffrey R. Baker contributed the article, "The Community Justice Clinic: Pepperdine Caruso School of Law," to the California Legal History journal in its volume devoted to law school clinics in California. The journal's editor, California lawyer Selma Moidel Smith, invited articles to commemorate the progress of innovative experiential and clinical education in California law schools. Professor Baker shared the story and work of the Community Justice Clinic and set it context of the longer history of the legal clinics at Pepperdine Caruso Law, including brief histories of each clinic at the law school.
Excerpt from "The Community Justice Clinic: Pepperdine Caruso School of Law"
In practical terms, the goal of the clinic is for students to be as ready as they can be to serve clients when they graduate with competence and confidence, to learn and adapt with wisdom and sound judgment, to communicate with clarity and compassion, to bring their knowledge and skills to bear in the service of a client who trusts them. This means that students must understand and bear the ethical and moral weight of a client’s life, liberty, family, fortune, and dreams, even as they practice clear communication, strategic and tactical decision making, research and analysis, drafting and editing, advocacy and negotiation, advice and counsel.
The journal may be found at California Legal History