Villanova Law’s Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic (FLAC) was recognized as part of PreLaw Magazine’s recent feature on the nation’s most innovative law school clinics, receiving honorable mention in the “low-income” category. To identify the most innovative clinical courses, the magazine received nominations for clinics unique in structure, subject matter or communities. 15 clinics were recognized as the most innovative; 10 runners-up were chosen for honorable mention.
The Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic—the only program of its kind in the United States—provides legal representation to agricultural families in employment, immigration and child protection cases.
“Farmworkers experience trauma in coming here, are separated from their families, do difficult work and yet put the food on our tables,” said Beth Lyon, Professor of Law and the clinic’s founding director. “They deserve our respect and protection.”
Many FLAC cases allow students to argue before an adjudicator and hone negotiating skills. “Participating in the Farmworker Legal Aid Clinic was a career-affirming experience,” said Alanna Kearney ’15. “Hands-on experience taught me more about being a lawyer than any textbook or lecture.”
The Most Innovative Clinics report appears in PreLaw Magazine’s Winter 2015 issue (Vol. 18, No. 3).
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