Students to be screened

first_imgStudents to be screened January 15, 2005 Regular News Students to be screened Before being allowed to work with state attorneys and PDs A draft of a procedure to screen law students who are certified to work for state attorneys and public defenders should be ready for the Bar Board of Governors to review at its meeting later this month.Board member Robert Rush, chair of the Committee to Study the Law School Practice Program, told the board last month that the committee has met with law school officials, Florida Board of Bar Examiners Executive Director Eleanor Hunter, and Bar General Counsel Paul Hill. It also met with Supreme Court Justice Fred Lewis, who raised concerns about the program with the Bar.The program certifies law students to work, under the direction of an attorney, in certain public service agencies, including state attorney and public defender offices.The problem, Rush noted, is there were no background checks of the students as part of the certification, and many had not finished their background checks with the FBBE. That resulted in some students with questionable backgrounds, and in some instances criminal convictions, being placed in the jobs, including with prosecutors.“We hope to have a rule ready at the next meeting,” Rush said.last_img

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