September 15, 2009
Carrying on a tradition started in 1979, on August 28, 2009, the new student attorneys of the Tulane Law Clinic were sworn in to practice law under the provisions of Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XX in the en banc courtroom of the Louisiana State Supreme Court. 75 new clinicians from the Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Environmental, and Juvenile Law Clinics were given a behind the scene tour of the Court’s work areas, the library, and then taken into the courtroom overlooking the French Quarter and the Mississippi River. The Civil, Criminal & Juvenile Clinic celebrated their 30th Swearing In Ceremony, while the Environmental Clinic celebrated their 20th and the Domestic Violence Clinic their 8th.
Justice Bernette J. Johnson, the Court’s only African-American jurist, welcomed the new members of the Louisiana Bar and spoke to them about some of the duties and obligations they were about to assume under the state student practice rule. The last swearing-in ceremony over which Justice Johnson presided involved her own daughter, Rachel D. Johnson (L’05) who was enrolled in the Juvenile Law Clinic in 2004-05.
Justice Johnson welcomed the new members of the practicing Bar with her right arm in a sling, nevertheless, she provided each new student practitioner with a left-handed hand shake. Each clinic director called forth their individual clinic students as family members and friends witnessed the ceremony.
The Louisiana Supreme Court and federal courts in Louisiana authorize third-year law students to conduct a limited law practice for indigent clients. Under the direction of Tulane supervising faculty who are members of the Louisiana bar, students represent clients by investigating, preparing, and trying cases, or by becoming involved in administrative or legislative proceedings.
Professor Stacy Seicshnaydre, Director Civil Clinic
M. Lucia Blacksher, Clinical Instructor
Professor of the Practice, Katherine M. Mattes, Interim Director Criminal Clinic
Sheila C. Myers, Clinical Instructor
Professor David R. Katner, Director Juvenile Clinic
Professor Adam Babich, Director Environmental Clinic
Professor of the Practice, Jill Witkowski, Deputy Director
Elizabeth Calderon, Clinical Instructor
Lisa Jordan, Clinical Instructor
Corrine Van Dalen, Clinical Instructor
Domestic Violence Clinic
Professor Tania Tetlow, Director Domestic Violence Clinic
Becki T. Kondkar, Deputy Director