March 2, 2016 – UCLA School of Law’s Criminal Justice Society sponsored its first Client- Centered Advocacy Training on January 30th for students interested in criminal defense and public interest work. Forty-five students attended the day-long interactive program, which offered a series of panel discussions including presentations by Los Angeles Federal Public Defender Yasmin Cader and Los Angeles Public Defender Jennifer Friedman, who spoke about bail, client interviewing and client storytelling.
The event included a career panel where UCLA Law alumni discussed their public defense work. Students also engaged in practice-oriented exercises including interviewing mock clients and presenting mock bail arguments on behalf of 12 public defenders from 7 different public defender offices who played the roles of clients. The public defenders then provided individualized feedback to each student on their interviewing and argument skills.
Professors Ingrid Eagly and Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe, Cathy Mayorkas, executive director of Public Interest Programs, and Travis Bell ’17 contributed to the planning of the event.