Boesche Legal Clinic
The University of Tulsa College of Law
407 South Florence Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104
Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Elizabeth McCormick joined the faculty at TU Law in August 2005. McCormick founded, and continues to direct, the Immigrant Rights Project, a law school clinical education program in which law students represent clients fleeing persecution in their home countries, as well as non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in immigration proceedings. Since the program’s inception in 2006, McCormick and her students have successfully represented vulnerable clients from all over the world in a wide variety of immigration matters. Since 2008, Professor McCormick has also served as Director of Clinical Education Programs at the College of Law.
Anna E. Carpenter is Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic. Professor Carpenter aims to maximize every student’s professional development with a focus on individual strengths and goals. She works to help students identify where their skills and values intersect so they can develop an intentional career path. Professor Carpenter’s clinic is designed to give students an understanding of the skills and strategies lawyers use, an appreciation for the complexity of legal work, and the opportunity to explore the power lawyers have to pursue justice. Professor Carpenter wants each student have a deeply challenging and valuable learning experience.
Professor Marton is the Director of TIRN, a post-graduate fellowship program in which recent law school graduates represent Tulsa’s noncitizen population in immigration matters. Since opening its doors in 2008, TIRN has assisted numerous Tulsa families who otherwise may not have had access to legal representation. In addition to direct representation, TIRN collaborates with local immigration advocates on contemporary issues facing our immigrant community, provides information on immigrant rights to Tulsa area noncitizens, advocates and the media, and provides training to Tulsa legal representatives on immigration law and process.
Professor Marton also founded and serves as the Director of the Tulsa Law Co-op (“TLC”), TU Law’s incubator program that launched in 2016. TLC provides office space, networking opportunities and practice assistance for licensed lawyers opening a solo or small firm law practice, who are also committed to decreasing the access to justice gap in Oklahoma. As an introduction to the TLC, Professor Marton founded the Solo Practice Clinic (the “SPC”), a law school clinic in which students can explore aspects of being a solo practitioner, networking with other Oklahoma solo practitioners, obtain live client experience and create a business plan before they graduate from law school.
Professor Marton joined the faculty in TU Law in July 2014. Her expertise and scholarly work is the intersection between the law and mental health of all parties in an immigration proceedings, clients, attorneys or law students, adjudicators and government attorneys, and the impact that intersection can have on legal proceedings.
Before joining the TU faculty, Professor Marton was the William R. Davis Clinical Teaching Fellow at the University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic. In addition to supervising the interdisciplinary program, Professor Marton co-taught the course component of the Asylum Clinic and supervised students representing noncitizens fleeing from persecution and torture in their home countries. Professor Marton focused on those fleeing from gender-based violence, including rape, domestic violence and LGBT persecution, gang violence, and unaccompanied minors. As a Masters of Social Work, Professor Marton co-founded and provided supervision in the University of Connecticut School of Law Asylum and Human Rights Clinic’s interdisciplinary program in which graduate social work students did an internship at the Asylum Clinic as part of the clients’ legal teams.
Professor Marton is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, New York and Michigan.
Attorney and Legal Fellow, Tulsa Immigrant Rights Network (TIRN)
Kate Vetterick is a May 2015 graduate of The University of Tulsa College of Law and a licensed attorney in the state of Oklahoma. As the TIRN fellow,Kate provides direct representation to vulnerable non-citizens in immigration matters. Her clients include non-citizen victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes trying to obtain lawful status in the United States, as well as persons seeking asylum in the United States as a result of persecution or a fear of persecution in their home countries. During her time as a student at TU, Kate served as Executive Articles Editor for the Energy Law Journal and Senior Executive Articles Editor for the ABA’s SEER Year-in-Review publication. She also served as secretary for TU’s ACLU chapter and was a member of Paw Law. Also during her time at TU, Kate interned with the compliance department at Community Health Connection, Inc. and with Saint Francis Health System’s General Counsel. Before coming to The University of Tulsa, Kate earned her Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University, where she majored in anthropology and environmental Studies and minored in philosophy.
Coordinator, Legal Clinic
Cynthia Yaschine grew up in Mexico City and studied biology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Prior to joining the legal clinic, Cynthia worked for over 10 years in Biomedical Research laboratories in Mexico, Germany, and California. Most recently, she was a research specialist and lab manager in a Neural Stem Cell research laboratory at UCSF Medical School. Cynthia has volunteered teaching adults to read and write in rural communities in Mexico and teaching science to bilingual students in San Francisco and in Tulsa. She joined the Legal Clinic as a Spanish-English interpreter in 2010 and in 2012 joined the clinic staff on a full-time basis. Cynthia enjoys working with students, attorneys, and their clients.