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Community Lawyering Clinic Open House Welcomes Mantua and Powelton Village Residents

2017 Community Lawyering Clinic open house

April 13, 2017

Students discussed projects they designed this year through the clinic to provide residents of neighboring communities with legal services, referrals and education about their rights as property owners, tenants, employees, business owners and job seekers.

This year, the students have developed programs to:

  • Support community re-entry of prison inmates eligible for release through U.S. Supreme Court rulings that retroactively bar life sentences for juvenile offenders
  • Expand a mediation program that resolves community disputes into neighborhood middle schools
  • Educate local workers in industries prone to wage and hour violations about their rights under state and federal law
  • Reduce tangled-title situations that discourage home ownership and undermine neighborhood stability.

Mantua and Powelton Village residents take part in Community Lawyering Clinic open house 2017The students also gave the residents a tour of the law school building and sat down for a dinner and further discussion of ways the clinic can support area residents.

The clinic, launched in 2014, gives students a year-long immersion in providing legal services and assistance designed to empower residents of low-income communities adjacent to the University campus.