Students selected for USC’s first human rights clinic

first_imgThe first six students to take part in the Gould School of Law’s new international human rights clinic were announced last week.Professor Hannah Garry will lead the clinic, the first of its kind at USC, to guide the students as they work with judges and legal officers on human rights prosecutions in Rwanda and Cambodia.Garry, who worked previously at the University of Colorado School of Law with students on cases involving Guantanamo prisoners, said the clinic will give students hands-on experience in law.“[The purpose is] to give students the opportunity to work on real-life cases and projects that teach them how to be human rights advocates … and international lawyers,” Garry said.Real justice – Six third-year law students were chosen to work with the human rights clinic at the Gould School of Law. – Dan Doperalski | Daily TrojanJoining her are third-year law students Trevar Kolodny, Jamie Hoffman, Aysha Pamukcu, Shannon Raj, Brian Rifkin and Seepan Parseghian.“I’ve been hoping USC would have a program like this for a long time,” Raj said.The first semester, the clinic will accept only six law students who will work in the spring. In subsequent terms, it will accept eight students who will be expected to commit to a year of work in the clinic.In the first semester, students will be working long-distance with judges and legal officers from the Rwanda tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.“They will be working remotely with a lot of these organizations overseas that we’re partners with and using all of the technological tools that we have in our day to be able to cross the borders — like Skype, conference calls, video conferencing,” Garry said.The melding of international law with human rights advocacy was a key factor in attracting students.“I felt like my classes were very interesting, but they didn’t always speak to each other,” Pamukcu said. “That interdisciplinary aspect that I was really hungry for had finally presented itself in the form of the clinic.”Pamukcu’s interest in human rights law was born in high school, as a reporter. Writing about issues such as teen relationship abuse, she said she felt a desire to go beyond just writing about them.“I realized I was getting frustrated just reading about it and that I wanted to actually be involved and helping out,” she said.Parseghian said he was exposed to the horrific effects of human rights abuses from a very young age. His grandparents from both sides were survivors of widespread killings in Armenia and eventually settled in Iraq, where his parents were born.“I was very familiar at a very early age about what the greatest forms of human rights abuses could be and what human beings are very capable of doing to one another,” Parseghian said.Though the clinic is open only to law students — with priority being given to second- and third-year students — Garry sees the clinic assuming a broader role on campus.“I do perceive the clinic … providing a focal point for a real innovative kind of thinking about human rights problems of our day and how to come up with good solutions for tackling them,” she said.Garry said she hopes the clinic will allow students to work on cases and projects concerning persecution, torture, human trafficking, genocide and other crimes against humanity.Part of the challenge, Garry said, is picking and choosing which cases to work on.“I have been networking with partner organizations overseas and also here in L.A.,” she said. “I really want for the clinic to focus on local human rights issues as well. There’s just so much to get involved with.”Garry said she hopes that the program will eventually evolve to allow students to travel abroad to places such as Arusha and work hand-in-hand with judges in the second semester of their service at the clinic.“What I’m working on developing right now is a kind of partner support fund that would allow our students and myself to go onsite as partners, to go overseas after working long-distance remotely,” she said.last_img read more


Syracuse football recruiting: Running back Otto Zaccardo joins Class of 2016 as preferred walk-on

first_img Related Stories 3 observations from the Syracuse football spring gameSyracuse football recruiting: Track the Class of 2016Adam Dulka discusses why he committed to SyracuseClass of 2016 Ohio linebacker Zack Lesko commits to Syracuse as preferred walk-on Published on April 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Syracuse picked up its second preferred walk-on this week with Worcester (Massachusetts) Academy, Class of 2016 running back Otto Zaccardo.Zaccardo, who announced his commitment via Twitter on Friday night, said he was recruited primarily by new defensive quality control coach, John Pike. Commentscenter_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder textZaccardo graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional (Massachusetts) High School in 2014 as the school’s top rusher on the football team and a leader on the undefeated track and field team. He spent his post-graduate year at Worcester Academy.The running back, who was listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds on Hudl.com in 2015, joins a new Orange offense that plans to be much more up-tempo than in years past and ran 155 plays in the spring game. Zaccardo’s Hudl bio also lists his 40-yard dash time at 4.56 seconds.He is the third walk-on to commit to Syracuse since new head coach Dino Babers’ hiring and the fifth player to join the Orange since National Signing Day. Track the Class of 2016 here.He joins a roster that has six running backs already, but none that are freshmen. Syracuse has four sophomores (Jacob Hill, Dontae Strickland, Jordan Fredericks and Tyrone Perkins), one junior (Ervin Philips) and one senior (George Morris).Strickland led the ground attack in Syracuse’s spring game on April 2, followed by freshman Moe Neal, who is listed as a wide receiver, and Fredericks. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


David Fletcher continues to impress in the Angels outfield

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Allen, who lost his job as the Angels closer shortly before going on the injured list with a back problem, said he was encouraged on Sunday because he got some swings and misses with his fastball and “locked up a guy with a breaking ball.”“Those things tell me my stuff is tightening up,” he said, “but we definitely have a ways to go.”ALSOShohei Ohtani got his first day off after playing five straight games since being activated from the disabled list. Ausmus said he’s not sure how often he’ll need to give Ohtani days off, but they will probably be against left-handed pitchers. The Angels are facing three righties this week in Minnesota. …Andrelton Simmons has grounded into a major league leading 12 double plays, including two more on Sunday. Ausmus said he had no explanation for that surprising stat. “I feel like that pace should slow down quite a bit,” he said. “The one thing I’ll say about double plays is you are normally hitting the ball hard on the ground, so he’s probably hitting the ball pretty hard. It’s just going at someone.” …Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone BALTIMORE — Not long after David Fletcher made a diving catch to save two or three runs in the eighth inning on Sunday, Brad Ausmus declared that Fletcher has reached a new level in his transition to the outfield.“I’m very comfortable with Fletch in left field,” the Angels manager said. “I no longer think of him as an infielder playing the outfield.”Fletcher had never played any outfield until he went out to right for a few innings late in games last year. This spring the Angels worked him out in left a little, but as recently as the first week of the season, Ausmus said he didn’t think Fletcher was ready for more than an occasional appearance in the outfield.That all changed about a week later, when Mike Trout’s groin injury pushed Ausmus to use Fletcher in the outfield for six straight games. Tommy La Stella reached base on catcher’s interference when his bat clipped the glove of catcher Pedro Severino in the second inning. It is the major-league leading fourth time that La Stella has gotten on base that way this season. …The Angels officially released Peter Bourjos, who had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and then placed on release waivers. …Zack Cozart had a single and a walk. Cozart has reached base at least once in all five of the games he’s played since coming off the injured list.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 3-3, 4.70) at Twins (RHP José Berrios, 6-1, 2.53), 4:40 p.m., Fox Sports West Now, Ausmus said he has no more reluctance to use Fletcher in left when that’s the Angels best offensive lineup, most likely against a left-handed pitcher.“There’s nothing he can’t do,” Ausmus said. “Fletch always seems to amaze not only me, but his teammates. He’s got very good baseball instincts. You could probably drop him anywhere on the field and he’d be fine.”ALLEN’S PROGRESSCody Allen has appeared in three games since coming off the injured list on Tuesday, allowing two runs in the first and none in either of the next two.Ironically, Allen said his best stuff was in that first game, when he gave up a two-run homer. He didn’t seem thrilled with his performances in either of the other two, although he’s optimistic about the progress.“I am looking forward to getting back out there the next time,” Allen said after pitching a scoreless inning on Sunday. “I feel like every time I get out there I am taking something away from it to adjust the next time.”last_img read more


Raiders a smaller long shot to win Super Bowl 54 after news of Antonio Brown trade

first_img BENDER: AB can avoid a TO-like end to his career The city that will host the Raiders in the near future is changing its opinion of the 2019 edition of the squad after Sunday’s news that Antonio Brown will be joining the Silver and Black.Caesars Palace in Las Vegas dropped its odds of Oakland winning Super Bowl 54 from 75-1 to 50-1, Pro Football Talk and Bleacher Report reported.  The Raiders finished 4-12 last season under new/old coach Jon Gruden. PFT and B/R did not report on any change to the Steelers’ odds. Vegasinsider.com had Pittsburgh listed at 20-1 before the Brown trade was reported (it also had the Raiders at 100-1).The favorites in the futures market according to Vegasinsider.com are the Super Bowl champion Patriots and the Chiefs at 7-1 each.last_img read more


Tuesday November 5th Local Sports

first_imgAMES — Iowa State returns to the spot of a breakthrough win in 2017 when they visit ninth ranked Oklahoma. Two years ago the Cyclones stunned the third ranked Sooners 38-31 and would go on to post eight wins in Matt Campbell’s second season as head coach.Quarterback Brock Purdy had three interceptions in the fourth quarter of a loss to Oklahoma State. Campbell expects the sophomore to bounce back with a strong effort.Campbell says the first priority of the bye week was to rest and get healthy.Kickoff in Norman on Saturday is scheduled for 7 o’clock. —- Regional volleyball championship matches== 4A Region 6 last night in Manchester#5 West Delaware 3-0 Charles City (25-12, 25-16, 25-10)== 2A Region 2 tonight at Garner —- #5 Osage (35-6) vs. Emmetsburg (20-11) AMES — Iowa State will be without two freshman when they open the season tonight at home against Mississippi Valley State. Marcedus Leech and Luke Anderson informed coach Steve Prohm they are leaving the team.Prohm says both intend to transfer.Prohm says he wants to see the Cyclones play the right way in the opener.Tipoff at Hilton Coliseum tonight is scheduled for 7 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have declined a $7.5 million option on left-hander Martin Pérez and made a $17.8 million qualifying offer to All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Pérez will receive a $500,000 buyout as part of a contract agreed to last winter that paid him a $3.5 million salary this year. IOWA CITY — Joe Wieskamp led five Iowa players in double figures with 19 points as the Hawkeyes beat Lindsey Wilson College 96-58 in exhibition play last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. After redshirting a year ago CJ Fredrick made his Hawkeye debut with 18 points, including four of five from three point range.The Hawkeyes had 26 assists on 34 baskets.Iowa has their season opener on Friday when they host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Tipoff is at 8 o’clock. We’ll join the game in progress after the St. Ansgar-Earlham Class A football quarterfinal round game on AM-1300 KGLO.last_img read more