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Settlement Works: Clinical Program at the University of Iowa “Immeasurable” [by Anayat Durrani] You might say twenty-five-year-old Lindsey Malone was raised to be a lawyer. From a very early age her parents took special care to foster their daughter’s level of thought and problem solving allowing her to take those necessary first steps toward a promising future career in law.

“I was treated as an adult, and I was chal-

and much more extensive and intensive than

tion law requires developing the skills to

lenged to articulate my beliefs, my goals, and

other law schools and this also was very ap-

interpret very complex statutory language,

my arguments behind why I deserved certain

pealing to me,” said Ms. Malone.

and being able to understand the implica-

my parents encouraged me to analyze and

Currently a third year law student at the

on immigration law,” said Ms. Malone. “In

problem solve in a manner that has trans-

University of Iowa, she is enrolled in the

addition, immigration work requires exten-

lated very successfully into legal analysis

much heralded Clinical Law program. During

sive research into the conditions of other

and problem solving.”

her first semester she worked full time in the

countries throughout the world, and is a very

Criminal Defense and Immigration depart-

interesting foray into international law.”

tions many different areas of the law have

privileges,” Ms. Malone said. “To their credit,

A native Iowan, Ms. Malone said her choice to

ments and has nothing but praise for the

pursue studies at the University of Iowa can

program. “The clinical law program at Iowa

also be credited to her wise parents. Fans of

has offered immeasurable relevance and

tion case that she is preparing an application

the Hawkeye football and basketball teams,

legitimacy to my legal studies, and has also

for clemency for a client given life in prison

the Malone clan would frequently attend

given me an enormous sense of confidence in

for kidnap and rape. She said the case is

school games to root for the home team. So,

my skills as a future practitioner.”

ongoing and complex and requires her to be

the decision to attend the University of Iowa

Ms. Malone was also assigned to a commuta-

in contact with the prisoner and his family

was only natural. “It seemed to me that the

In the Criminal Defense area she was given

and friends. “I have had to research the Iowa

University had so much to offer; a beautiful

5-7 misdemeanor cases at a time, ranging

Code regarding executive clemency and will

campus, a large student body that is fairly

from identity theft, and aggravated felony, to

have to make many complex legal argu-

diverse, an eclectic and cultural small town,

possession of alcohol under the legal limit.

ments.”

and three graduate schools that are among

For each case, Ms. Malone conducted client

the best in the country.”

interviews, made court appearances on their

This semester Ms. Malone is taking another

behalf, discussed plea agreements with

three hours of credit to work in the clinic

Ms. Malone graduated from the University of

prosecutors, conducted legal research and

and has continued working on her commuta-

Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts with honors in

wrote legal letters, motions or memoranda.

tion case and working in the immigration

May 2002, majoring in English with a minor in

“In Iowa, the misdemeanor system works in

department. She will work another three

Spanish. She said she chose Iowa Law School

a very similar manner to the felony criminal

hours next semester as well. Regarding

because while an undergrad she took a com-

system, therefore, our exposure and knowl-

the clinical program, Ms. Malone said she

bined discipline legal/social studies class at

edge of the legal process in misdemeanor

greatly applauds the clinical advisors who

the law school and was so impressed by both

convictions is directly translatable to work

provide valuable “insight into the legal field

the accessibility of the law school faculty and

in felony cases upon graduation. This is very

and strike a fantastic balance of treating the

staff as well as the level of intellect demon-

valuable.”

clinical students as colleagues and as junior associates while still maintaining supervisory

strated in the classroom. She said she was also impressed with the national recognition

In the immigration department she was given

authority over our work.” She said because

Iowa has as a top-twenty law school and

3-4 cases dealing with immigration issues

of their mastery in their subject areas and

that being an in-state student had the added

such as asylum applications, withholding of

exceptional guidance she feels prepared and

bonus of enabling her to receive large tuition

removal, petitions for family members, and

confident for life in the real world.

benefits. “As an English major, I found the

routine filings for employment authorizations

writing program at Iowa Law to be unique

or address changes. “Practicing immigra-

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to develop client counseling and interviewing skills, courtroom skills, research skills - so many things that come with the actual practice of law - that I don’t believe people who do not work in the clinical program are exposed to this early in their legal careers,” Ms. Malone said. “My confidence in my legal skills has grown immensely, and confidence is imperative in this field.”

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Settlement Works: Clinical Program at the University of Iowa ''Immeasurable''  

Ms. Malone graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts. She is twenty-five-year-old and raised to be a lawyer.

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