Representing low-income clients in a variety of civil proceedings.
In the Civil Justice Clinic, students work as practicing lawyers, representing low-income clients in a range of civil disputes. While providing legal representation to clients as part of our own “law firm”, students make a real impact on the lives of their clients while also examining the role and professional responsibilities of all lawyers through first-hand experience. Each student will represent several clients with legal problems in different substantive areas, which may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Family law (parents and other parties in custody matters, support, paternity and related legal issues)
- Housing (tenants of private, public and subsidized housing seeking to preserve their housing by preventing evictions and in enforcing their right to decent, safe and sanitary housing; homeowners seeking to retain their homes in civil forfeiture proceedings)
- Employment (individuals who have been denied their rights by being terminated or refused employment improperly, or by not being properly compensated under state or federal law, and individuals seeking Unemployment Compensation)
- Government benefits (primarily individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits)
- Consumer claims, which may include those dealing with the provision of utilities, and
- Clearing the records of individuals who have been wrongly accused of child abuse or neglect, as these are often barriers to employment.
Faculty: Visiting Assistant Professor Deeya Haldar
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