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.
Clinic staff oversee law 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.
"Our students work on the behalf of the community to provide important legal services and gain valuable experience in the process," Norton said.
In addition to the clinic's name change, two new clinical adjunct professors have joined the staff. Professor Turahn Jenkins and Professor Carmen Robinson will supervise students who provide these important legal services.
"Professors Jenkins and Robinson bring experience and heart to the clinic. We are grateful to have them join our team and oversee this important legal work," Norton said.
According to Norton, last year students in the clinical programs provided 18,019+ hours of legal services to the public. "We want to continue to positively impact those who need or assistance and urge those who need help to reach out to us," she said.
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