McGeorge School of Law

Prisoner Civil Rights Clinic Celebrates Settlement Successes this Semester

April 11, 2017

Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic Professors and Students.

Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic Professors and Students.

Congratulations to members of the McGeorge Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic for achieving a 100% settlement success rate this semester.

The Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic provides students with the opportunity to co-mediate prisoner civil rights cases with a federal magistrate judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. This semester, clinic students Dillon Hockerson, Jacqueline Logan, Nicole Low, and Marissa Nash successfully co-mediated eight cases involving Eighth Amendment claims, First Amendment claims, and Fourteenth Amendment claims.

Clinic student Nicole Low remarked, "The clinic was a fantastic way for me to both learn and practice lawyering skills that I will carry with me throughout my career in whatever field of law I choose to practice. I learned to problem solve, strategize, and had the opportunity to work with a federal judge who provided me and my colleagues with invaluable insight on negotiations and dealing with a diverse range of personalities."

Magistrate Judge Kellison, who has been involved with the clinic since its inception said, "Every year brings new challenges, but always a new group of students who are intelligent, creative, and insightful. The continued success of our Clinic hinges on the students' tenacity and willingness to experiment with new approaches and techniques to dispute resolution. Most often, I feel that I am the student."

Associate Dean Michael Colatrella and Professor Ederlina Co co-teach in the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic. It is a three unit, semester-long, graded course. To learn more about the Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and all of the clinics, please stop by the Clinic Fair on April 13, 2017, from Noon-1:00 p.m. (lunch provided) or 5:00-6:00 p.m. (dinner provided) in the Student Center.