Mon Jan 14, 2013, 01:57 PM
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Stanford Law School Launches One-of-a-Kind Religious Liberty Clinic
Clinic Made Possible by $1.6M Gift from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
STANFORD, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stanford Law School today announced the establishment of the nation's only religious liberty clinic. The clinic will offer participating law students the opportunity to represent clients in disputes arising from a wide range of religious beliefs, practices, and customs.
The Religious Liberty Clinic will be housed within Stanford's Mills Legal Clinic and is the latest addition to the law school's distinguished program of clinical legal education. The clinic was made possible, in part, by a generous $1.6M gift from the Washington, D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The clinic's founding director is James A. Sonne , an experienced teacher and practitioner with particular expertise in law and religion.
"Clinical education is a cornerstone of our curriculum," said Dean M. Elizabeth Magill . "Our students learn to be first-rate lawyers by representing clients under the close supervision of the extraordinary lawyers who direct our clinics. This clinic will expose students to legal disputes involving religious practice and belief, disputes that date back to the founding of the nation. Our students will now have a unique opportunity to learn to be lawyers and professionals by taking on the responsibility of representing clients in this 'old, but new' field."
"The launch of this new clinic is a significant moment in the development of Stanford's clinical program," said Lawrence Marshall , professor of law, associate dean for clinical education and David & Stephanie Mills Director of the Mills Legal Clinic. "The Religious Liberty Clinic is unique in the country, and will expose our students to issues that will expand their horizons while developing their expertise as lawyers. And it is difficult to imagine anyone more fitting than Jim Sonne—with his vast experience and teaching skills—to run this program."
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