The Real World of Law Practice

Clinical Connections

Experts and practitioners in a range of specialties, as well as their scholarship and real-world experience, fuel our award-winning clinical program.

  • Jonathan Askin, is the Founding Director of the Brooklyn Law Incubator Project (BLIP), which functions like a law firm, and represents Internet, new media, communications and other tech entrepreneurs and innovators. He has 15 years of experience in the communications industry in both the public and private sectors. Askin has provided legal and policy counsel and strategic advice for companies that build and develop networks and Internet applications. A sought-after expert in the field of Internet law, he played a key role in the tech task force of President Barack Obama’s election campaign.
  • Natalie Chin joined the Law School this Fall as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Faculty Director of the new AAIDD clinic, which will provide legal services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was most recently a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Guardianship Clinic at Cardozo School of Law, where she taught a seminar on Article 81 Guardianship law and its intersection with housing rights, public benefits, and disability rights and supervised law students representing clients in all aspects of guardianship and related proceedings in state and federal court.

    Prior to her teaching career, Professor Chin was a devoted public interest attorney.

  • Jodi S. Balsam directs the Law School’s Civil Externship Programs, and also teaches the Civil Externship Seminar. She has also taught lawyering skills and sports law courses, building on her 20 years of experience as a litigator and in-house counsel at the National Football League.

  • Debra Bechtel, one of New York’s foremost experts in low-income or limited equity co-ops, has directed the Corporate and Real Estate Clinic since 1997. She has over 20 years of experience in the areas of real estate law and community development.
  • Ursula Bentele is a nationally recognized expert on death penalty issues. The recipient of the New York City Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Award, she has argued numerous death penalty appeals and is the author of Capital Case Sentencing: How to Protect Your Client.
  • Stacy Caplow is the director of the Law School’s Clinical Education Program and co-director of the Safe Harbor Project. A leader in the field of clinical legal education, she has worked abroad to help augment the clinical curriculum for LLB and LLM students at the University College Cork Faculty of Law, and with a refugee center in Cork. Caplow also spent a semester at the University of Hong Kong helping to establish its first legal clinic.
  • Minna Kotkin has extensive litigation experience handling a range of civil rights law reform and class action suits. She served as Litigation Director for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for many years, and has taught several different clinics at the Law School over the past two decades. She currently teaches the Employment Law Clinic.
  • Karen Porter is the executive director of Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science, and Public Policy, and she teaches the Health Law Clinic. She has taught courses at Washington University Law School on law and medicine, and AIDS and the law, and is the author of numerous publications related to AIDS policy.
  • David Reiss directs Brooklyn Law School’s Community Development Clinic and teaches real estate finance and property law. His prior experience includes practicing law in several firms’ real estate and land use departments; Reiss also serves on several local community boards.
  • Lisa Smith teaches the Prosecutors Clinic and is an expert in the area of domestic violence. She served for many years as the Executive Assistant District Attorney for Domestic Violence, Sex Crimes and Child Abuse in the Kings County District.
  • Dan Smulian co-teaches the Safe Harbor Clinic and has a strong background in public interest legal work. A former director of training and legal services at the New York Immigration Coalition, he managed a statewide program that provides seminars and educational events on immigration law and immigrants’ rights issues for immigrant communities.

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Clinical Education Program Office
One Boerum Place, 3rd Floor
Telephone: (718) 780-7994
Fax: (718) 780-0367

Mailing Address:
Brooklyn Law School
Clinic Office
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Did you know?

The 2009 Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools reports that 65% of all BLS students participate in an externship at least once.