Civil Advocacy Clinic
The Law School offers students opportunities to work on a wide variety of matters in the in-house Civil Advocacy Clinics. For example, students can represent abused children in juvenile court, litigate fair housing cases in federal court, or draft a will for an elderly client. Students are able to appear in court on cases under Missouri's Student Practice Rule. A full-time faculty member supervises the in-house students. Students must also enroll in the Civil Advocacy companion classroom course (LAW 981).
General Litigation Clinic
Students handle a variety of lawsuits in state and federal court, including civil rights, consumer protection, real
estate fraud, and landlord-tenant. Students have the opportunity to litigate some cases themselves, and also participate in large class actions and other complex litigation with lawyers from larger firms and legal services offices. The Clinic is presently engaged in litigation under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and under Missouri's new foreclosure rescue fraud legislation. Students represent hundreds of homeless persons each year with a variety of legal needs, from routine ordinance violations, to federal civil rights litigation. Students also have the opportunity to argue cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals by representing claimants in unemployment compensation cases. The cases provide an opportunity for students to meet with clients, write appellate briefs, and argue before the Missouri Court of Appeals. (Faculty Supervisors: John Ammann and Brendan Roediger).
Community & Economic Development Clinic
Students provide transactional representation to both for-profit and non-profit organizations that seek to positively impact disadvantaged communities. CED Clinic clients usually lack the resources necessary to access the traditional marketplace for legal services. Students serve as the primary counsel to CED Clinic clients on a range of matters including business and nonprofit structuring and formation, internal operational issues, contract drafting and review, loan document review, employee management issues, regulatory compliance issues, and real estate matters. Each semester, students provide significant legal assistance to Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, assisting with various operational issues and helping Habitat provide environmentally responsible homes to first-time homebuyers. (Faculty Supervisor: Dana Malkus).
Child Advocacy Clinic
Students provide holistic advocacy by handling delinquency, education matters, housing, and Social Security disability challenges by serving as the lawyer for the child and family. Students work with the St. Louis Children's Health Advocacy Project (CHAP), a medical-legal partnership intended to improve access to medical and legal services for disadvantaged St. Louis children, and The SPOT, an agency assisting troubled youth. In addition, students handle juvenile delinquency cases in St. Louis City and County as well as pursue appellate litigation in the Eastern and Western Districts. Students also handle systemic issues affecting medical care issues related to children in foster care. (Faculty Supervisor: Tricia Harrison).
Elder Law Clinic
Students serve older clients and their family members with adult guardianships. Students interview clients, prepare pleadings and request medical reports. Once a case has been filed and set for hearing, students prepare clients to testify and then appear at the hearing. Students also assist clients with estate planning documents by interviewing clients and then preparing powers of attorney, wills, living wills and beneficiary deeds. Elder Law Clinic students also advise clients on how to set up transfer on death and payable on death arrangements for bank accounts and vehicles. (Faculty Supervisor: Barbara Gilchrist).
Family Law Clinic
Students interested in family law have the opportunity to work with attorneys from the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM), a project of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Students represent abused women in custody and support matters and serve as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children. (Faculty Supervisor: John Ammann).
Immigration Law Clinic
Students handle a wide range of legal matters, including citizenship and asylum applications for the Catholic Immigration Law Project (CILP), as part of the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry. Advocates represent clients with a variety of immigration and citizenship needs and supervise students who work on these cases. One of the primary aims of CILP is to keep families together, so the Immigration Law Clinic focuses on naturalization and adjustment of status cases, along with asylum cases and immigration violations. (Faculty Supervisor: John Ammann).
Saint Louis Zoo Partnership
The world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo is a leader in animal conservation and management. Through the Legal Clinics' partnership with Lewis Rice & Fingersh, students are introduced to the inside workings of a major nonprofit organization. Students gain practical experience in the areas of employment law, taxation, nonprofit law and animal regulation. (Faculty Supervisor: Tricia Harrison)
Students interested in information about the Civil Advocacy Clinic should call (314) 977-2778