Open House Celebrates Remodeled Law Clinic

Clinic Open House
Professor April Land, associate dean for clinical affairs, offers welcoming remarks and shares project details of the renovation.

The clinical law faculty at the University of New Mexico School of Law hosted an early October open house to celebrate the grand opening of its refurbished state-of-the-art clinical classroom. The new classroom, completed during the summer, was designed with an emphasis on collaborative learning.

In the two-story classroom, every UNM clinical student is provided with a fully equipped workstation designated for their exclusive use. The workstations are clustered in an open design oriented toward a supervising faculty member’s separate workstation. Each faculty member is supported by an interactive whiteboard, which, through leading-edge technology, allows for easy supervision and class participation. Each of the clinic’s five workstation clusters is also supported by its own small library and filing system for quick access to files.

Clinic Open House
Tony Anderson of the UNM School of Law provides a demonstration of the interactive whiteboard.

The clinic’s additional rooms have also been refurbished with an eye toward creating and modeling a collaborative working environment. The design is open and modern to encourage information exchange in a confidential setting.

Led by the new interactive whiteboard technology, the entire clinic’s technology infrastructure has been upgraded. Digital recording is available in the interview rooms and conference rooms. Interviews can be replayed on faculty computers and projected on the whiteboards. The conference room is also equipped with computer projection. 

Clinic Open House
Albuquerque lawyer John Robb tests out the new interactive whiteboard.

The entire clinic is supported with a common office management system, which allows for digital storing of entire client files, case activities, planning, and time expended.

The remodeled clinic reflects the clinical program itself. When the clinic opened its doors in 1971,  it consisted of a single client interview room, a hallway desk where one all-purpose staff member did her work and a couple of used trailers parked in a lot next to the law school that clinical students shared with the local rodent population.

Clinic Open House
The new clinical classroom.

Building on decades of hard work by the faculty, staff and students, the law school’s clinical program now enjoys a national and international reputation for excellence. Professor April Land currently leads the clinic as associate dean of clinical affairs.

The open house preceded the 2012 Mountain West Regional Clinic Conference.

October 24, 2012