Approximately 120 students take part in the ten Remington Center clinical programs each year. This number includes the majority of the students who start year-long clinicals during the summer, as well as the students whose clinics operate only in the summer or only during the school year. All programs require a student to have successfully completed at least the first year of law school and have taken Introduction to Criminal Procedure.
Remington Center students perform a wide variety of legal work, from the mundane of document review and transcript digesting, to the challenges of brief writing, the excitement of arguing in a contested hearing where a person’s liberty is at stake, and the fulfillment of facilitating a victim-offender dialog. Students work on real cases with real clients and with real consequences. But they also work in an environment where they can safely make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. The students’ work is closely supervised by experienced attorneys who provide guidance, encouragement, and correction when needed.
In addition to applying substantive law to their cases, students learn the complexities of actual law practice including time management, how to interview, how to handle angry clients and uncooperative opposing attorneys, and the importance of preparation and attitude in the courtroom. Many students who have found the study of theoretical law frustrating, find a renewed interest in the law when they see the theoretical principles they have learned in the classroom applied to real situations. The clinical programs also ask students to think broadly about the criminal justice system they are working within – why the system is as it is, and how it can realistically be improved.
Remington Center Student Awards
Every spring, as part of the Law School's Spring Honors and Awards program, the Remington Center presents two awards to outstanding clinical students.
The first award was established by the family of the late attorney Melvin Friedman. At the request of his family, the Melvin Friedman Memorial Scholarship honors a student who has done outstanding work in the Wisconsin Innocence Project. 2008 Melvin Friedman Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Warren Beck (2L).
The second award is the Catherine Manning Memorial Award. Catherine Manning was a clinical instructor in LAIP during 1988-89, who was tragically killed in a car crash. In her memory, the program established the Catherine Manning Award, which honors one or two students each year who have done outstanding work in a prison project, other than the Wisconsin Innocence Project. A plaque listing the names of Catherine Manning Award winners since 1989 is proudly displayed in the Remington Center suite.This year's recipients of the Catherine Manning Award are Margaret Drees (2L) and Rachel Krueger (2013). For the Remington Center's clinical faculty, both of these awards carry a great deal of meaning.
We hope that you will join us in congratulating Warren, Margaret and Rachel on these honors, and in expressing appreciation for their devotion to the program and to their clients.