Bill of Rights Clinic
Students in the Bill of Rights Clinic are trained in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, negotiation, research, drafting of memos and other pleadings and documents. The leading referral source for the CBR cases is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP.
Partnership with Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP
A signature relationship has been developed with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP. In this innovative partnership, NAACP staff and volunteers work with the Bill of Rights clinic students and the supervising attorney to create a comprehensive intake and referral system for civil rights and other legal complaints. Students prepare and conduct training sessions for the NAACP on the application of a refined and systemized intake and referral process. Any potentially viable civil rights complaints identified through this process will be referred to the CBR Clinic or when necessary to other appropriate sources for assistance.
Working under the supervision of Assistant Clinical Professor Tracey McCants Lewis L’00 students have the opportunity to gain practical experience working civil rights claims with the EEOC and PA Human Relation Commission.
Bill of Rights Clinic News
Two Duquesne University School of law students, Carolyn Slayton and Nathan Ward, presented oral arguments before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Wilson v. Superintendant of SCI Huntingdon, et.al. They were supervised by Adjunct Professor Adrian Roe and Acting Director of Clinical Education Tracey McCants lewis. Post-Gazette article >
In addition, the Court also posted the audio from the argument. (Click on audio link, then click on 11-1720 Wilson v. Superintendant.wma)
Left to Right; Bridget Sasson, Carolyn Slayton, Nathan Ward, Dean Ken Gormley
Awards and Distinctions
The Bill of Rights Clinic was honored as the recipient of the Pittsburgh NAACP’s President’s Award for Outstanding Community and Legal Support for the Underrepresented. The Clinic received the award at the 55th Annual Human Rights Dinner on May 7, 2009. Press release