It is hard to believe that the first half of the trip is over. I guess time really does fly when you are having fun.
On day one I chose the BP oil spill track, because I wanted to have a personal hand in helping people recover what they lost from the spill. The most interesting part of this track was seeing all the different categories of people affected by the spill (physical affects on nearby residents, decline in the real estate market, lost wages for casino workers, etc.).
As a 1L, I had never done any type of legal work prior to the trip. After just three days with the Mississippi Center for Justice, I have worked under the supervision of two amazing attorneys, conducted two client interviews, and filed a complicated claim on the behalf of a business that was lost as an effect of the oil spill. It is one thing to go to class and learn about practicing law, but nothing beats the “real world” experience that I have received on this trip. I will continue to apply what I have learned in Biloxi to the rest of my legal education, and my legal career.
This trip is worth more than just hours toward graduation, it is a chance to personally help the Biloxi community. I highly recommend this trip for any Charlotte Law student who is looking for an opportunity to be of service to the community.