UI College of Law Partners With FACES to Support Victims of Domestic Violence
August 25, 2017
The University of Idaho College of Law and FACES of Hope Victim Center along with the FACES of Hope Foundation have partnered to better serve the legal needs of victims of abuse in the Boise community. FACES of Hope Victim Center provides services in a safe, private, and supportive setting for victims of partner abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.
“We are so excited to partner with the University of Idaho College of Law at the FACES of Hope Victim Center. Creating a legal clinic in our center will provide much-needed legal representation for victims of domestic violence-related crimes while at the same time educating new lawyers about the specialized needs of this affected population,” said Jean Fisher, FACES of Hope Victim Center chief operating officer and special crimes unit chief at the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office.
Starting this fall, UI law students – under the supervision of a staff attorney – will provide free legal services to victims of domestic abuse in the Treasure Valley as part of a FACES referral program. The partnership will provide students with meaningful real-life experiences while offering high-quality legal services to underrepresented members of the community.
“This partnership is a great opportunity for our students to use the skills they have learned in the classroom to give back to the Boise community that has welcomed the College of Law,” said Mark Adams, dean of the UI College of Law. “We are looking forward to this partnership.”
The College of Law is in the process of hiring a staff attorney to lead the program. The staff attorney will be involved in the direct legal services to clients, will supervise law externship students who represent those clients and will complete all necessary legal reporting requirements.
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