New General Practice Clinic!
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
The School of Law is very pleased to announce the formation of a new General Practice Clinic - one of two new clinics to be offered beginning Fall 2014. (The other new clinic is in Criminal Defense Law.)
From left, above: Professors and Co-Directors Matt Fraidin and LaShanda Adams. William McClain IV, '05 will help supervise students while earning an LLM in Clinical Legal Education and Systems Change.
The General Practice Clinic will be a one-semester clinic in which student attorneys represent low-income clients. Students in the General Practice Clinic will use a range of legal skills on behalf of clients in settings that include administrative tribunals and trial and appellate courts in the District of Columbia. Clients will include those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as others in such areas as family law (child custody and kinship care, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, child support, divorce, and adoption), health, employment (wage-and-hour and Unemployment Insurance), TANF, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps), Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8), bankruptcy, and estate planning.
In addition to serving the needs of the community by addressing the array of civil legal needs facing low-income District residents, the new Clinic will also expose second- and third-year students, who will be responsible for the overall management of the cases, to the diverse practice areas that they may encounter should they embark on legal careers as solo and small firm general practitioners.
The weekly seminar component of the General Practice Clinic will cover topics such as client-centered representation, interviewing, trial skills, theory of the case, fact investigation, and client counseling.
Students enrolled in the Clinic will be assessed and evaluated based on the following core competencies: written communication, oral communication, practice management, professional responsibility, legal analysis and problem solving.