Wayne Law launches new clinics to address community advocacy, immigration appeals

Wayne State University Law School is expanding its clinical program in winter 2021 to offer a new Community Advocacy Clinic and an Immigration Appellate Advocacy Clinic.

Both clinics prioritize the enrollment of part-time students who often work during the day and experience scheduling challenges in the traditional clinical setting.

“The Community Advocacy Clinic was created in response to students’ desire to have a greater impact on our community in light of the events of 2020, including the COVID-19 crisis,” said Associate Professor Rachel Settlage, director of clinical education. “The Immigration Appellate Advocacy Clinic is an exciting complement to our Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, and like the Community Advocacy Clinic, directly responds to the needs of our part-time students to have more experiential education opportunities.”

Community Advocacy Clinic

The Community Advocacy Clinic collaborates with community groups, coalitions, and public interest legal organizations to prepare and pursue non-litigation strategies to address pressing legal needs in populations. Students learn substantive law and policy skills while identifying community needs, collaborating with a community partner, consulting with stakeholders, engaging in research and analysis, and completing an advocacy project.

Triage CancerFor winter 2021, the clinic is partnering with Triage Cancer, a national nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers through free events, materials, and resources.

Immigration Appellate Advocacy Clinic

The Immigration Appellate Advocacy Clinic represents indigent or low-income clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Students work in teams of two and review their client’s hearing record, spot issues for appeal, research applicable law, file relevant motions or petitions, and write an appellate immigration brief.

Wayne Law’s clinical education program

Wayne Law’s live-client clinics are directed by expert faculty and experienced practitioners who help students bridge the gap between theory and practice. Clinics provide hands-on casework to law students while simultaneously assisting residents of the metro Detroit community and beyond. Wayne Law is ranked No. 61 in the country for clinical training by U.S. News & World Report. Last year, 100 students in the clinics worked 16,230 hours on behalf of their clients.

In addition to the new clinics, Wayne Law offers an Appeal and Post-Conviction Advocacy Clinic, Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, Business and Community Law Clinic, Disability Law Clinic, and Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic.

Learn more about the clinics at law.wayne.edu/clinics.

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Contact: Kaylee Place

Email: Kaylee.place@wayne.edu

Phone: 313-577-4629

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