Civil Rights Clinic students at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
following observation of Pennsylvania Pardon Board Public Hearing

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Civil Rights Clinic

The Civil Rights Clinic is a year-long in-house clinic that engages in civil rights litigation and advocacy. Students participate in weekly training sessions addressing the applicable substantive and procedural law. Beyond the classroom, students are trained in case intake and interviewing, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, negotiation, research, and drafting of complaints and documents.

A leading referral source for cases is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP. In this innovative partnership, NAACP staff and volunteers work with the clinic students and the supervising attorneys 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 systematized 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.


"Duquesne law students argue case in federal appeals court"
Rare opportunity goes to two studying law at Duquesne


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 2012

Read the feature


More 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. Superintendent of SCI Huntingdon, et.al. They were supervised by Adjunct Professor Adrian Roe and Acting Director of Clinical Education Tracey McCants Lewis. 2012 Duquesne Law Students in Federal Court Oral Arguments

In addition to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story, the students received additional recognition when the Court posted the audio from the argument. (Click on audio link, then click on 11-1720 Wilson v. Superintendent.wma)

Left to Right: Clinic students Bridget Sasson, Carolyn Slayton and Nathan Ward with Dean Ken Gormley


Awards and Distinctions

The Civil 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 in 2009. Read the press release.