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been helpful in terms of having a sense of continuity. We still have file
review on Fridays over Zoom, as well as a Zoom call version of our weekly
Thursday seminar. We also added two daily “coffee break” check-ins to our
schedule. Any of the students, legal advocates and supervising lawyers who
are free drop into one of the two daily Zoom calls. It’s a great way to feel less
alone, and it gives everyone a chance to ask questions and access the group
“hive mind” when trying to solve a legal issue for a client.
What has been your greatest learning from this experience?
Throughout the entire semester, I have been continually impressed by the
other law students at the clinic. Even in quarantine, I learn something from
them every day—it’s just through the group chat or a Zoom call rather than
in person. We’ve also been able to continue our seminar work over Zoom,
and several of my peers facilitated three-hour sessions on the new platform
in a way that felt very similar to in-person meetings. All the students have
been so quick to adapt to this new normal, and it has been impressive. I feel
so grateful that I have been able to go through this experience with these
remarkable individuals at my virtual “side” throughout the end of what has
been a stressful semester.
I have also learned so much about leadership by being witness to the
work of our supervising lawyers, Patricia Barkaskas, Mark Gervin and Chris
Heslinga, as well as our legal advocates, Gloria Cardinal and Dallas
Tooshkenig. Their leadership has been outstanding. Everyone has been
very supportive and understanding of the situation, and they have helped
me to understand what kind of lawyer and mentor I want to be when I enter
Overall, I feel lucky to have been able to serve the Downtown Eastside
with a group of such amazing individuals this past month.