LSU Law Class of 2016 graduate Brittany Holt recently was named the recipient of the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award for her work in both the Juvenile Defense Clinic and the Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic.
“The Law Center’s clinical faculty unanimously nominated Ms. Holt for this award as a result of her outstanding performance in each of the two clinics in which she participated as well as her service to the Law Clinic in general as a volunteer,” LSU Law professor Robert Lancaster wrote in Holt’s nomination letter. “Ms. Holt exhibited excellence both in the field and in the classroom as a student attorney with the Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic and the Juvenile Defense Clinic.”
Holt, a native of Shreveport, La., represented three clients in the Parole Assistance and Reentry Clinic and helped guide her clients and their families to develop a reentry plan.
“She also volunteered and continued to assist in the Parole Clinic after her semester of enrollment helping out with case management and continuing service to clients,” Lancaster said.
With her work in the Juvenile Defense Clinic, Holt represented a client with severe mental health issues facing a violent felony delinquency petition. She excelled in both the holistic advocacy and trial preparation with the result being the dismissal of her client’s petition.
Law schools may nominate only one student for the Clinical Legal Education Association Outstanding Student Award. CLEA created the award to honor students who have excelled in a clinical course, and students are based on
- Excellence in the field work component of the clinical course determined by the quality of the student’s performance in assisting or representing individual or organizational clients or in undertaking advocacy, community development, education, 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, professional, and other pertinent issues raised in the particular clinic; and
- The nature and extent of the student’s contribution to the clinical community at the student’s law school, if relevant.