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basis. The clinic will start this spring. “It’s a great model that shows we are listening to students and hearing what their needs are and those of the community,” Kelly said. Emily Siedell, a third year who spent last spring in Namibia for Maryland’s International and Comparative Law Clinic, said the people they worked with were very inspiring. “They had hope despite so many hardships,” she said. There were four projects in Namibia, but due to time, Siedell only worked on two, helping set up businesses and litigation over sterilizations. “We discovered that the artists working there in the craft centers had to pay rent on the stalls they were using, and sometimes they only got a small percentage of their commission from the stall owners,” she said. “We worked with them on how to improve their livelihood, how to start their own businesses and become selfsustaining.” The other project required her to travel to the northern region, where they have the highest concentration of HIV. There, the students did workshops on women’s rights when it came to the sterilization of women during the time when they went into the hospital for cesarean sections. “At times, it could be frustrating because there’s so much change you want to create,” Siedell said. “But the most rewarding thing was being part of that process. We were the ones to start [the clinic] off.” Mike Millemann, Jacob France Professor of public interest law of the University of Maryland, said the ICL clinic had more than 30 applicants for the first year. The clinic, which admitted 13 more students for the 2010-2011 academic year, builds on the law school’s groundbreaking LEAD Initiative, which helps students develop the cross-cultural competence they will need to practice law in today’s global arena. “In designing the clinic, we decided to do something that most international clinics have not done, which is to place students in the country for substantial periods of time (and) have full-time faculty that go with students,” Millemann said. Third-year Eric Kunimoto’s project in China focused on helping people develop a micro-credit loan program and smallbusiness finance. They particularly looked at small farmers and women who otherwise have been kept out of the mainstream of Chinese finance.
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