Students Take Lead Role in Creating Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic
University of Chicago Law School students Eileen Ho and Mishan Wroe spent the past year working to fill a void in their school's offerings.
And with some help from the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, the Women's Board at the university and two professors, the duo created a pro bono domestic violence project, an idea that led to the law school's January launch of its Gendered Violence and the Law Clinic.
Despite the countless hours they spent lining up funding, looking for a legal aid agency to partner with and recruiting students, Ho and Wroe will not participate in the project's first quarter of existence.
The seven students they recruited, however, will begin their work next week during a training session presented by Melanie Revett MacBride, an attorney at Legal Aid Society who will supervise the students under the partnership between her group and the project.
"It was just important to us that it existed," said Wroe, a 2L currently interning at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.