Capulong Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical, Experiential Education
Professor Eduardo Capulong has been appointed the School of Law's inaugural Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education. The new position combines the former Director of Professional Skills and Clinic Director posts and oversees the integration and development of the School's clinical, skills, and experiential programs.
"I'm honored and excited to assume these important responsibilities," said Professor Capulong, "especially during the 50th anniversary of our clinical program." The School's first clinic, the Montana Defender Project, was established in 1966. "We've led the academy in experiential education for the past half century and I'm looking forward to working with colleagues on taking us the next step."
In addition to in-house clinics in Indian law, land use and natural resources, and mediation, the School offers more than 20 field placements in legal services prosecutors' and public defenders' offices, nonprofits, civil rights organizations, legislative agencies, and courts in the state and nationwide. The first-year law-firm program also introduces students to legal practice and offers opportunities for live-client work. The School's other experiential offerings include nationally-ranked student competition teams in moot court, environmental law, and negotiation.
"It makes sense to have a single person tasked with coordinating and overseeing all those programmatic areas," said Dean Kirgis. "Eduardo is a nationally-recognized leader in the field of clinical education and a proven innovator here at the School of Law. He is an ideal person to lead us in our second century of bringing theory and practice together."
Professor Capulong is also co-chair of the AALS Clinical Section and editor of "The New 1L: First-Year Lawyering With Clients" (Carolina Academic Press 2015).