May 13

Timothy Flynn Nominated for UST Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year Award

Published on: Friday, May 13, 2011

Timothy Flynn has been nominated by the faculty and staff of the Interprofessional Center for the UST Outstanding Clinic Student of the Year award.  The award will be officially confirmed by the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education at its June meeting.  The Clinical Section (CLEA) created the award to honor a law student at each law school who has excelled in a clinical course.  The award is given annually at the completion of the academic year.

The criteria for the award are:

  • Excellence in the field work component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student's performance in assisting or representing individual clients or in undertaking group advocacy or policy reform projects;
  • Excellence in the seminar component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student's thoughtfulness and self  reflection in exploring the legal, ethical, strategic and other pertinent issues raised by the particular clinic; and
  • The nature and extent of the student's contribution to the clinical community at that school, if relevant.

In his announcement to the law school community about Tim's nomination, Director of Clinical Education Virgil Wiebe said, "Before sharing a few of the details of Tim’s work with the IPC, I would say this is really seems more like a lifetime achievement award, as Tim has been with the Community Justice Project of the IPC since the fall of 2009.  And he has all but promised not to leave, threatening to show up at orientation to deputize a new clinic student to carry the 'mango sausage' banner into the future. (Each semester, the IPC staff and faculty host a breakfast for students during finals week – Tim has taken to demanding, weeks in advance, that I not forget to bring mango sausage)."
Tim has served on the team that wrote a report for the state legislature on Disparate Minority Contact (DMC) with law enforcement by youth from communities of color in Minnesota.  In doing so, he and his colleagues worked with elected county attorneys, law enforcement, corrections officials, social workers, etc., to help the legislature understand the complexities of this issue and to help craft solutions. Specifically, the CJP team was asked to include a section titled the voice of the community which they then helped write, after much research which, included an online survey of the community and many community town-hall forums.
Tim also has participated in the FBI's Civil Rights Advisory Group.  CRAG is an initiative of law enforcement and community groups. As the lead agency for investigating violations of federal civil rights laws, the FBI works closely with ethnic, religious, and minority groups to help prevent civil rights abuses.
Tim also worked with an organization called Death to Life/Two Mothers.  That group, founded by mother and community activist Mary Johnson, has engaged in the courageous task of bringing together the mothers of victims and offenders of some of the most serious crimes for reconciliation and healing.  Mary sought out and reconciled with the man that murdered her only son .  Along with his team partner, Tim assisted the organization in creating procedures and forms to facilitate the very difficult conversations that take place.  Addressing seemingly mundane matters involving waivers and liability in such novel institutional settings is critical to making such efforts work in practical ways.
Along with lots of his CJP colleagues, Tim was involved in planning the 2010 and 2011 “How are the Children?” conference.  These conferences consider how the criminal justice system impacts youth and families.  He served on the conference committee selecting the Champion for Youth Award, an award created to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by a person or organization that: 1) Makes a significant difference in the lives of at-risk youth; 2) Inspires community involvement and participation; 3) Symbolizes the power of one; and 4) Actively works to dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline.
These are but a few of Tim’s direct contributions to the clinic. Beyond these activities with the CJP, Tim has been a constant advocate for more experiential learning opportunities at UST, whether they be through the IPC or elsewhere at the law school.  He was a key mover and shaker behind the creation of the Public Service Externship course, which created over 30 spots a year for students to receive credit for legal work in community groups.  Tim crafts a plan, plants it forcefully under the skin of an administrator, and waters the idea with good natured persistence and pestering.  Not all of his plans come to fruition, but not for lack of his trying.
The faculty and staff of the Interprofessional Center are very pleased to announce the nomination of Tim Flynn for CLEA’s Outstanding Student of the Year.

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