Tribone Center for Legal Clinical Education
Civil Rights Clinic Renamed Re-Entry Legal Services Clinic
Duquesne University School of Law's Civil Rights Clinic recently changed its name to the Re-Entry Legal Services Clinic. The clinic's new name is more reflective of the services it provides to its clients and the community. The yearlong, income-based clinic services the Pittsburgh region and assists those who may have legal barriers because of criminal records.
"The clinic's work goes hand in hand with our Law School's mission of justice for all," said Kate Norton, Director of Clinical and International Programs and Assistant Professor of Law. "Our students work on behalf of the community to provide important legal services and gain valuable experience in the process."
Clinic staff oversee students from the School of Law who gain valuable experience working with clients. Law students often interview clients and witnesses, provide oral and written advocacy, and conduct legal research. Hands-on training includes case intake and interviews, client counseling, fact investigation, case analysis, mediation, negotiation, research, and drafting of complaints and documents. Law students also assist clients who need to complete complex Pennsylvania Board of Pardons' applications and with gubernatorial pardons.
In addition to the clinic's name change, two new clinical adjunct professors have joined the staff. Turahn Jenkins L'04 and Carmen Robinson L'05 will supervise students who provide these important legal services.
The Center's annual boot camp was held on Aug. 21 with 90 students and professors in attendance. Students participated in hands-on exercises on the characteristics of attorneys and mental health, and were also given asynchronous assignments on trauma-informed community development, active forgiveness, cultural competency, mini-mental health first aid, ethics presentations and SOGIE activities.
On Oct. 29, students in the Family Law Clinic provided a presentation on the legal services available through the clinic to the Immigrant Services and Connections (ISAC) and Jewish Family & Children Services Refugee & Immigrant Services (JFCS). ISAC a multi-agency partnership that provides assistance to Allegheny County families with a barrier to services because of language and/or culture. The JFCS supports refugees and immigrants as they thrive in our community.
Students in the Veterans Clinic, along with students in Family Law, Re-Entry Legal Services, Unemployment Compensation, Wills and Healthcare Decisions, and the Youth Advocacy Clinics, participated in the daylong Stand Down Pittsburgh event, sponsored by the Veterans Leadership Program, Oct. 9. Students worked with Professor Daniel Kunz to assist veterans and veterans' families with intake sheets to start the process for free legal services (for low-income qualifying clients) from each of the clinics mentioned above.
Numbers that Matter
HOURS OF LEGAL SERVICE BY STUDENTS (MAY 2020 - MAY 2021):
18,019+ Hours of legal service to the public through the law clinics
6,235+Hours of legal service to the public through student externships
2,279+Hours of legal service to the public through pro bono programs