Nicholas Linn, a second-year law student, recently returned from a five-day trip to Singapore as part of his work in the University of Arkansas School of Law's Human Trafficking Clinic.
Linn and two other students enrolled in the clinic are assisting with litigation on behalf of five Nepali migrants who allege they experienced labor trafficking and were taken across international borders to work on a United States military base in Iraq. The case, Civil Action No. 4:16-CV-2478, was filed in 2014 in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas.
Linn's plans after graduation include civil rights advocacy, and this opportunity allowed him to work on complex transnational litigation with leading human rights attorneys. His duties during the trip included helping to prepare several of the clients for their depositions by opposing counsel.
"It was an invaluable learning experience," Linn said. "The attorneys on both sides of the case took time to explain general litigation strategies and give practice tips for our future careers. Assisting with witness preparation and observing different questioning techniques from attorneys at top law firms is the kind of practical experience impossible to get from the classroom alone."
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"We were delighted to have Nick with us in Singapore,” said Agnieszka Fryszman, lead counsel for plaintiffs. "Nick played an active role in helping prepare our clients for their depositions and had drafted background legal memos on key issues, including on how to handle the attorney client privilege and work product issues that we anticipated coming up. Our clients enjoyed meeting him in person and appreciated the hard work the clinic has been doing to help with the case."
Fryszman is a Partner at Cohen Milstein and chair of the firm's Human Rights practice group. She has been recognized as leading one of the best private international human rights practices in the world. Cohen Milstein, one of the primary firms in the U.S. handling major complex plaintiff-side litigation, has more than 90 attorneys working from offices in Washington, D.C.; New York; Philadelphia; Chicago; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
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