SLU LAW Legal Clinics 2013-14
The mission of the Legal Clinics is to offer each Clinic student a bridge from the knowledge and principles instilled in the classroom to the effective, ethical and conscientious practice of law.
LEGAL CLINICS 2013-14 1 YOUR LIFE IN THE LAW BEGINS HERE. 2 A HEAD FOR LAW, A HAND FOR OTHERS SLU LAW students are given many unique opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether prosecuting or defending criminal cases, serving as clerks for judges, handling transactional matters for nonprofits, small businesses or major corporations or assisting the homeless and the elderly, the SLU LAW Legal Clinics offer upper division students invaluable practical experience while providing valuable legal services to the community. SLU LAW students also have the advantage of receiving their legal training in downtown St. Louis - a thriving hub of legal and governmental activity. The School of Law is next to the state and federal courts and is part of a vibrant downtown legal and business community. In addition, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals is a short walk away, while the Illinois state and federal courts are just across the river. OUR MISSION The mission of the Legal Clinics is to offer each Clinic student a bridge from the knowledge and principles instilled in the classroom to the effective, ethical and conscientious practice of law. Dedicated to the University’s Jesuit mission of advocating for the disadvantaged and the betterment of the community at large, the Legal Clinics provide unique and challenging opportunities in a supportive experiential learning environment for every student who desires a clinical experience. REAL CLIENTS, REAL SOLUTIONS CHILD ADVOCACY CLINIC Students provide holistic advocacy from pretrial to trial and appeal in delinquency and municipal matters; from individual education planning to due process litigation in special education matters; and in all aspects of general civil matters in children’s health advocacy. COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CLINIC Students serve as the primary counsel to clients on matters including business and nonprofit structuring and formation, operational issues, contract drafting and review, loan document review, 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. Criminal Defense Clinic Students represent clients charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses. The Criminal Defense Clinic specializes in representing persons whose serious mental illness caused them to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Staffed by both an attorney and a mental health social worker, the Criminal Defense Clinic seeks to provide a holistic solution to a client’s legal and social needs. Students continued on next page 3 CLINICAL EXPERIENCES Appellate Advocacy Children’s Advocacy Civil Rights Community Development Consumer Rights Criminal Defense Elder Law Estate Planning Homeless Veterans Advocacy Juvenile Law Landlord-Tenant Law Mediation Small Business Development REAL CLIENTS, REAL SOLUTIONS (continued) are active in all aspects of representation, including obtaining records, negotiating plea deals, taking depositions and preparing for trials. Students also intern at various public defender offices in the greater St. Louis area, including Madison County and St. Clair County Public Defender Offices in Illinois, as well as the Office of the Federal Public Defender in St. Louis. Elder Law Clinic The Elder Law Clinic annually assists nearly 150 elderly clients – who often are indigent and impaired by mental and physical disabilities – with a wide range of legal matters. Students serve older clients and their family members with adult guardianships. Students interview clients, prepare pleadings and request medical reports. They also assist clients with estate planning documents by interviewing clients and then preparing powers of attorney, wills, living wills and beneficiary deeds. Litigation Clinic Students handle a variety of lawsuits in state and federal court including civil rights, consumer protection (including bankruptcy), real estate fraud and landlord-tenant. Students have the opportunity to litigate some cases themselves, with a faculty member as second chair, 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. Appellate Experience Clinic students argue cases in the Missouri Court of Appeals under a program in which students represent 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. Students also argue appeals of adjudications in juvenile cases throughout the state and have successfully assisted juvenile clients in overturning their adjudications. Judicial Externship Clinic In the Judicial Externship Clinic, students are placed with judges in state and federal trial and appellate courts where they work as part-time clerks. Depending on the chambers, students engage in extensive legal research, draft a series of legal memoranda relevant to the case under submission by the courts, as well as observe hearings, trials and other court proceedings from the unique perspective of the judge and his or her chambers. In the spring semester, students also have the unique opportunity to work at the Missouri Court of Appeals for 4 the Eastern District. During the summer, students can extern with a Missouri Supreme Court judge. Externship Clinic Each semester, students can extern with practicing lawyers in the legal field of their interest while under the supervision of a SLU LAW full-time faculty member. United States Attorneys’ Offices in Illinois United States Attorneys’ Offices in Missouri Civil litigation or public interest opportunities include externships at: ACLU Legal Services (Illinois and Missouri) St. Louis City Counselor’s Offices St. Louis County Counselor’s Offices EEOC Attorney General’s Office Ministry. Advocates represent clients with a variety of immigration and citizenship needs and supervise students who work on these cases. CATHOLIC LEGAL ASSISTANCE MINISTRY (CLAM) Clinic students interested in health law may be placed at: BJC Health System Hospital Sisters Health System Lutheran Senior Services Mercy Mercy Health East Communities Saint Louis University School of Medicine SSM Health Care – St. Louis U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Students interested in family law have the opportunity to work with attorneys from CLAM, a project of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Housed in space provided by the law school, students represent abused women in custody and support matters and serve as guardians ad litem for abused and neglected children. Students interested in tax or transactional work have the unique opportunity to work with: IRS IRS Office of Appeals Saint Louis University Office of the General Counsel Saint Louis Zoo Partnership Clinic students interested in trial work and criminal law are placed at: State Prosecutors’ Offices in Illinois State Prosecutors’ Offices in St. Louis City State Prosecutors’ Offices in St. Louis County Students can also work in these special externship programs: CATHOLIC IMMIGRATION LAW PROJECT (CILP) Students handle a wide range of legal matters, including citizenship and asylum applications for CILP, as part of the Catholic Legal Assistance The world-renowned Saint Louis Zoo is a leader in animal conservation and management as well as a significant presence in the St. Louis community. Students are introduced to the inside workings of a major nonprofit organization, gaining practical experience in the areas of employment law, taxation, nonprofit law and animal regulation by working with the director of human resources, a SLU LAW alum. 5 CLINICS IN ACTION JUSTICE IN JOPLIN In the aftermath of a deadly tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, the SLU LAW Legal Clinics have taken on many cases for the people in the surrounding community. Several have been resolved without litigation, but students are currently working four additional cases through litigation. They are expected to be resolved within the year. Additionally, the SLU LAW community joined together to help in the relief effort by cleaning up storm debris, helping high school students prepare for a constitutional debate competition and providing supplies and other donations. FORECLOSURE MEDIATION United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri for purposes of mediation. Pro bono attorneys are appointed for the limited purpose of representing the otherwise pro se litigants in mediation in an effort to settle the cases. Students have represented clients in cases involving employment discrimination and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. CONTEMPT DOCKET Students from the Legal Clinics are representing families facing foreclosure in a unique foreclosure mediation program in Madison County, Ill. Several times a month, students attend pre-mediation sessions to work with families who are trying to save their homes, then participate in mediation sessions as the families’ attorneys negotiate with major lenders. FEDERAL COURT MEDIATION PROJECT Students continue to serve as the Court’s Attorney in bringing contempt actions in St. Louis County to enforce orders of protection. The students present evidence to enforce court orders requiring respondents to attend batterers’ intervention programs. THE SPOT Students work at the SPOT, a medical center for at risk adolescents, by providing holistic advocacy to children and families in civil matters related to name changes, education advocacy, municipal court and criminal defense. DOCUMENTARY AND SYMPOSIUM Clinic students and faculty have been appointed to represent plaintiffs in cases pending before the 6 Professors Harrison and Roediger were featured in the documentary “The Perfect Victim,” which focused on the Missouri Clemency Coalition’s work representing women who received life without parole sentences for killing their abusive husbands. The film chronicles the women’s fight to be released and their troubled journey through the courts and before the parole board. These cases were also the subject of a symposium called “Battered Women Who Kill,” which was co-sponsored by the Clinics and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Although all the women originally received life without parole sentences, through the efforts of the Missouri Clemency Coalition, all have since been released. Through participating in live and telephone hearings, appeals, foreclosure mediations, contempt dockets, oral arguments, client Board of Director meetings, client intake meetings, training sessions and service trips to Joplin, I’ve witnessed firsthand the operation of many sectors of the legal system. Midwest Clinical Conference In November 2012, the Clinic hosted the Midwest Clinical Education Conference, “The Evolving Art of ‘Practice Ready’: the Past, Present and Future of Clinical Legal Education.” The three day conference brought together clinicians from around the region for several plenary and concurrent sessions and workshops through the support of the AALS Section on Clinical Legal Education. CANDACE RUOCCO (’13) 7 THE DAVID GRANT CLINIC AWARD The David Grant Clinic Award is given in honor of the late civil rights attorney to outstanding students who dedicated their final year of law school to the principles of public service, commitment to clients and defending of social justice. SUCCESS FOR OUR CLIENTS SETTLEMENT IN CLASS ACTION FOR THE DEAF Clinic students and faculty are part of the legal team which has successfully settled a federal class action lawsuit seeking greater access to mental health services for deaf Missourians. The settlement affects more than 1,000 deaf Missourians who will now have greater access to mental health professionals who understand their unique needs and to sign language interpreters who can facilitate treatment. Federal Court Orders Aid to Disabled Missourians A United States District Court judge has ordered the State of Missouri to provide incontinence supplies to Missourians who receive Medicaid assistance. The permanent injunction was issued in a case filed by Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, in conjunction with the Justice Department and a private law firm in St. Louis, with assistance from students and faculty of the SLU Legal Clinics. The ruling will allow highly vulnerable Missourians to remain in their homes instead of having to move to nursing homes. Victory for Youth Advocacy Clinic The Western District Court of Appeals recently found there was insufficient evidence that a juvenile, represented by the Youth Advocacy Clinic, committed burglary in the second degree as the officer did not prove the essential element of “intent to steal.” The Court clarified long-standing precedent that if one unlawfully enters a building containing items of value a permissive inference may be found that that person intended to steal those items if other evidence – such as flight, forcible entry, possession of burglary tools or movement of the valuables – establish a logical relationship that reasonably supports an intent to steal. Here, in a case of first impression, the Court overturned the adjudication as no other evidence was presented to connect the intention to the permissible inference. PROFESSOR McGRAUGH HONORED FOR TEACHING Professor Susan McGraugh was awarded the 2013 Faculty Member of the Year award, an honor voted on each year by SLU LAW’s graduating class. Professor McGraugh also received the University’s 2013 Faculty Commitment to Experiential Learning Award, which recognized her work in developing an interdisciplinary and holistic clinic serving persons with mental illness who have been brought into the criminal justice system. 8 T HE 2013 DAV I D GR AN T CLIN IC ST UD E N T AWA R D WIN N ER , ARIEL N A S HAY I R BY, HU G S HER M OTHER D U R I N G T HE C E R EM ON Y. 9 BY THE NUMBERS We represent the underdog, the forgotten, the hopeless. Without our help, many people end up on the streets or in jail or without medical benefits. We are the last line of defense for many people. JOHN AMMANN S U P E RV I SO R , LI T I G AT I ON CLIN IC; P ROF E SSO R 7 36 290 50,600 FULL-TIME ATTORNEYS IN THE SLU LAW LEGAL CLINICS IN-HOUSE CLINICS, EXTERNSHIPS, JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS AND PUBLIC SERVICE PROGRAMS OFFERED THROUGH THE LEGAL CLINICS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CLINIC-SPONSORED ACTIVITIES ANNUALLY HOURS OF FREE LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDED ANNUALLY BY THE LEGAL CLINICS $6.5 MILLION WORTH OF FREE LEGAL SERVICES PROVIDED ANNUALLY BY THE LEGAL CLINICS 10 FACULTY & STAFF BARBARA GILCHRIST I N T E RIM D IRECTOR , LEG AL C LI N I CS; SU PERV ISOR , ELD ER LAW CLIN IC; PROFESSOR B.A., Wichita State University; J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law; Ph.D., Saint Louis University School of Public Health SUPERVISO R, CH ILD ADVO CACY CLINIC; ASSO CIAT E PRO F ESSO R B.S.W., Saint Louis University; J.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law PATRICIA HARRISON SUP ERVI S OR, L I T I G AT I ON CLIN I C ; A S S I STA NT P ROFES S OR B.A., University of Minnesota; J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law BRENDAN ROEDIGER S U P E RV ISOR , LITIG ATION C LI N I C; PROFESSOR B.A., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law JOHN J. AMMANN SUPERVISO R, CO MMUNIT Y & ECO NO MIC DEVELO PMENT CLINIC; ASSISTANT PRO FESSO R B.A., Indiana University Bloomington; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law DANA M. MALKUS CO ORD I NATOR COLLEEN MURPHY A DJUN CT IN STRU CTOR , C R I M I N AL D EFEN SE CLIN IC B.S.S.W., Saint Louis University; M.S.W., Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice LAUREN CHOATE SUPERVISO R, CRIMINAL DEF ENSE CLINIC; ASSO CIAT E PRO F ESSO R B.A., Drake University; J.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Law SUSAN W. McGRAUGH O F FI C E A S S I STA NT LEANN UPTON S U P E RV ISOR , EX TERN SHIP C LI N I C; ASSISTAN T PROFESSOR B.A., University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign; J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law; M.A.P.A., Saint Louis University Graduate School AMANY RAGAB HACKING To read more about faculty interests and publications, visit law.slu.edu/faculty. 11 LEGAL CLINICS S aint Louis U niversity S chool of Law 100 N . TU C K ER Blvd . 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