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  • Civil Law Clinic | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    basis Civil clinic students annually handle over 200 cases from intake interviews through negotiations and to hearings and trials if necessary in state small claims district and circuit courts as well as federal district court The clinic s caseload encompasses a wide variety of legal claims including consumer law debt collection defense domestic relations housing insurance municipal court infractions misdemeanors torts and other civil matters Organization Name Civil Law Clinic The University of Alabama School of Law Mailing Address P O Box 870392 Tuscaloosa 35487 0392 Physical Address The University of Alabama School of Law 101 Paul Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa 35401 Phone number 205 348 4960 Are you a non profit Yes Do you accept donations Yes Are donations tax deductible Yes through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Do you provide direct client services Yes Brief description of services provided The Civil Law Clinic provides free legal assistance on civil matters to University of Alabama students and members of the community How do clients qualify for your services By contacting the clinic and setting up an intake interview at 205 348 4960 Program description The University of Alabama School of Law s Civil Law Clinic provides free legal

    Original URL path: http://www.law.ua.edu/academics/law-clinics/civil-law-clinic/ (2016-02-12)
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  • For Law Students | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    professional lawyers In the process of achieving that goal the Clinic s Director staff and student interns strive to provide excellent legal assistance to Clinic clients and access to the civil justice system for persons in need of its remedies Highlights of Civil Clinic Activities The Civil Clinic handles a full range of civil matters as well as certain municipal infractions or violations for University students Clinic third year students who are certified through the state bar as student interns regularly appear in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court and Tuscaloosa County District and Circuit Courts representing clients at all stages of litigation Common types of cases include landlords tenant disputes employment matters contracts car accidents insurance matters consumer complaints financial and debt management drivers license problems alcohol violations limited domestic relations and civil rights In addition Clinic students interact negotiate and work cooperatively in reaching settlements and participate in mediations and agency proceedings What Types of Cases Does the Civil Clinic Handle The Civil Clinic handles a full range of civil matters as well as certain municipal infractions or violations for University students Clinic third year students who are certified through the state bar as student interns regularly appear in Tuscaloosa Municipal Court and Tuscaloosa County District and Circuit Courts representing clients at all stages of litigation Common types of cases include landlords tenant disputes employment matters contracts car accidents insurance matters consumer complaints financial and debt management drivers license problems alcohol violations limited domestic relations and civil rights In addition Clinic students interact negotiate and work cooperatively in reaching settlements and participate in mediations and agency proceedings What Types of Work Will I Do in the Civil Clinic In the Civil Clinic students carry and manage their own caseload depending on the number and complexity of each of their cases In the process students develop skills that are fundamental to competent lawyering problem solving legal analysis and reasoning legal research fact investigation oral and written communication and advocacy interviewing and counseling negotiation understanding of legal and administrative institutions and procedures organizing and managing legal work and recognizing professional responsibilities and resolving ethical dilemmas The process starts when applicants for Clinic legal services are interviewed and their cases evaluated collectively in case rounds Once a case is accepted for representation the student intern acts as the attorney on the matter up to and including trial The student with the support of the supervising attorney develops the legal theories investigates the facts of the case decides on and executes pretrial matters such as discovery and motion practice and follows the case through to resolution usually settlement or trial The student intern deals directly with the client witnesses opposing parties or their attorneys and appears in court on behalf of his or her clients What are the Civil Clinic Credits Workload and Other Requirements The Civil Clinic is a one semester 6 credit course Preference during registration is given to 3rd year students who must register WELL IN ADVANCE OF THE BEGINNING OF THE

    Original URL path: http://www.law.ua.edu/academics/law-clinics/civil-law-clinic/for-law-students/ (2016-02-12)
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  • Community Development Clinic | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    private attorneys providing similar pro bono assistance on matters such as entity formation e g articles of incorporation bylaws tax exempt status leases and contracts public participation rights e g public records and open meetings improving local and state laws and regulations licensing requirements and zoning and land use Organization Name Community Development Law Clinic The University of Alabama School of Law Mailing Address P O Box 870392 Tuscaloosa 35487 0392 Physical Address The University of Alabama School of Law 101 Paul Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa 35401 Phone number 205 348 4960 Are you a non profit Yes Do you accept donations Yes through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Are donations tax deductible Yes Do you provide direct client services Yes Brief description of services provided The Community Development Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to individuals and organizations seeking to improve the economic cultural social and environmental conditions of underserved or disadvantaged communities in Alabama How do clients qualify for your services By contacting the clinic at 205 348 4960 or ahornsby law ua edu Program description The University of Alabama School of Law s Community Development Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to individuals and organizations seeking

    Original URL path: http://www.law.ua.edu/academics/law-clinics/community-development-clinic/ (2016-02-12)
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  • For Law Students | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    learn non litigation transactional legal skills that are not practiced in some of the Law School s other law clinics The Clinic s second goal is to provide free legal assistance to individuals and non profit organizations seeking to improve the economic cultural social educational and environmental conditions of underserved or disadvantaged communities in Alabama This is a clinic that seeks to assist those in need not by providing them with direct legal representation but by providing legal assistance to the service providers and groups that are serving these needy individuals or otherwise striving to improve the living conditions in Alabama s communities Highlights of Community Development Clinic Activities The Community Development Clinic has provided free legal assistance to hundreds of clients Law students working on these cases have developed some of the documents used to create a new subdivision of affordable homes drafted the legal documents needed for a sports organization to expand recreational opportunities in a Black Belt county written employment contracts and human resources policies for social services organizations developed plans to condemn and improve abandoned housing drafted a contract for an after school program for needy children reviewed marketing agreements for the distribution of rural folklife merchandise drafted lease documents for a ranch for disadvantaged kids and helped numerous nonprofit organizations incorporate and then apply for and obtain certification of their 501 c 3 nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service Who Does The Community Development Clinic Represent The Clinic s free legal assistance is available to individuals nonprofit organizations and governmental entities whether new or established seeking to improve the economic cultural social educational or environmental well being of disadvantaged or underserved communities in Alabama To date the Clinic has not represented small businesses or other for profit entities or entrepreneurs In screening potential cases the Clinic seeks to identify the problems that the disadvantaged community faces how the proposed project if successful would advance the quality of life and long term sustainability of the community and how legal services might help the client or project succeed What Types of Work Would I Do in The Community Development Clinic Clinic students provide free legal advice and representation on a wide variety of matters primarily transactional including entity formation e g articles of incorporation bylaws tax exempt status IRS 501 c 3 applications leases and contracts for goods and services employment contracts and policies zoning affordable housing and land use matters licensing and intellectual property requirements and public participation rights e g public records and open meetings Clinic students have legal and ethical responsibility for their cases Once assigned the case is the responsibility of the student but all students practice under the supervising attorney s law license meet on a regular basis with the supervisor to discuss the case and are supervised at hearings by the Clinic attorneys What are the Community Development Clinic Credits and Workload The Clinic is open to both 2nd and 3rd year law students and is limited to 8 students

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  • Criminal Defense Clinic | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    courts Students handle all aspects of client representation in a zealous and client centered manner The work includes all manner of criminal defense practice including client interviewing and counseling fact investigation motion practice pleas and bench and jury trials Every year the students in the clinic work on over 100 cases The clinic has been in existence for over 25 years and has an extraordinary record of success having lost only one jury trial during that time Organization Name Criminal Law Defense Clinic The University of Alabama School of Law Mailing Address P O Box 870392 Tuscaloosa 35487 0392 Phone number 205 348 4960 Are you a non profit Yes Do you accept donations Yes Are donations tax deductible Yes through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Do you provide direct client services Yes Brief description of services provided The Criminal Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to indigent persons charged with crimes in Tuscaloosa County How do clients qualify for your services Through judicial appointment upon proof of indigency Program description The University of Alabama School of Law s Criminal Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to indigent persons charged with crimes in Tuscaloosa County Through its student

    Original URL path: http://www.law.ua.edu/academics/law-clinics/criminal-defense-clinic/ (2016-02-12)
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  • For Law Students | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    providing quality pro bono legal services to indigent criminal defendants Students assist the Tuscaloosa County Public Defender s Office in serving the community by trying misdemeanor and felony cases in the District and Circuit Courts conducting suppression hearings in more serious felony cases and working with attorneys on a wide variety of individual criminal cases Highlights of Criminal Defense Clinic Activities Since its inception the Criminal Clinic has conducted many jury and bench trials both felonies and misdemeanors The law students enrolled in the program have been extremely successful In over twenty years students have only lost one case that has been tried to a jury verdict In addition through preparation and zealous advocacy students have often secured better case outcomes on behalf of their clients by eliciting more favorable plea agreements from the District Attorney The Clinic offers unparalleled criminal defense practice experience many of the attorneys who work in the Tuscaloosa Public Defender s Office are former Clinic students Who Does the Criminal Defense Clinic Represent Clinic students represent defendants through all stages of the criminal process Cases are assigned to the Public Defender s Office based on an initial determination by a judge that the defendant is indigent Students are then assigned cases and begin the work necessary to zealously defend their clients Students must work to build trust from the clients by ascertaining the clients needs and goals and by thoroughly investigating the facts and law of the cases Students will counsel clients extensively explain the clients options advise clients on the chances at trial and of other options that may exist e g reduction in charge probation court ordered programs and examine frequent client concerns about operating within a legal system the client may not understand What Types of Work Will I Do in the Criminal Clinic The emphasis in the Clinic is on quality client centered representation and zealous advocacy This work includes thoughtful client interviewing and counseling extensive trial preparation e g interviewing investigation developing a case theory and research and writing of legal memoranda to present to the court and utilization of trial skills in court e g direct and cross examination legal objections legal arguments Students may be assigned to conduct bench or jury trials from start to finish in either misdemeanor or felony cases The Clinic director assists students by reviewing their work at every stage of preparation Students will videotape client interviews and review them with their peers in class Before trial students will engage in simulated exercises in class of every aspect of the upcoming trial At trial the director will accompany and assist the students as needed and afterward lead a constructive critique with the class of the students performance Students are also assigned to other attorneys in the Public Defender s Office to assist them with their felony caseloads The collaborative relationship between the students the professor and the public defender attorneys is designed to facilitate student understanding of the entire criminal justice system What are

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  • Domestic Violence Law Clinic | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    other civil legal needs clinic students also provide legal assistance in matters relating to divorce and alimony child custody and support employment and debt issues housing property recovery and public benefits The Clinic also provides outreach and educational services to inform survivors service providers and law enforcement personnel about legal rights and remedies to address domestic violence The Domestic Violence Law Clinic is an active member of the Domestic Violence Task Force of Tuscaloosa County and clinic students have the opportunity to participate in and shape the ongoing efforts to effectively address domestic violence in Tuscaloosa County Organization Name Domestic Violence Law Clinic The University of Alabama School of Law Mailing Address P O Box 870392 Tuscaloosa 35487 0392 Physical Address The University of Alabama School of Law 101 Paul Bryant Drive Tuscaloosa 35401 Phone number 205 348 4960 Are you a non profit Yes Do you accept donations Yes through the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Are donations tax deductible Yes Do you provide direct client services Yes Brief description of services provided The Domestic Violence Law Clinic provides free legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence stalking or sexual assault residing in Tuscaloosa Alabama There are no

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  • For Law Students | The University of Alabama | School of Law
    letting people know about the DV Law Clinic s free services Highlights of DV Clinic Activities The DV Law Clinic has served over 500 clients since opening in 2006 Clinic students conduct client intakes each week and carry their own caseloads the size of which varies depending on complexity of cases timelines court location the issues involved and other considerations Students have represented clients in court to obtain Protection From Abuse orders divorces child custody and support determinations and division of property debt and assets in divorce actions Who Does the DV Law Clinic Represent The DV Law Clinic s free legal assistance is available to survivors of domestic violence who live in Tuscaloosa County The DV Law Clinic partners with the Women and Gender Resource Center at the University of Alabama and Turning Point Domestic Violence Sexual Assault services organization which refer clients to the Clinic for legal assistance The Clinic also receives referrals from District Attorney s offices court clerk s offices the state Department of Human Resources and other domestic violence survivor service organizations in Alabama In addition clients come to the Clinic after hearing about the availability of legal assistance by word of mouth through the Clinic s outreach activities or by having read about the Clinic in a local newspaper What Type of Work Would I Do in the DV Law Clinic Students in the Clinic provide free legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence on issues related to helping a survivor escape domestic abuse Students participate in client intakes each week interviewing potential clients who come to the Clinic seeking legal assistance In the initial intake interview students gather information about the potential client s situation including information about experiences with domestic violence and work with the potential client to identify legal needs Students then present their intake cases at a weekly case rounds attended by all Clinic students and attorneys At case staffing meetings students discuss their intakes assess factual and legal issues and are assigned cases Clinic students have legal and ethical responsibility for their cases and under Alabama s law student practice rule certified 3Ls may appear in court and handle motions and trials on behalf of their clients Once assigned the case is the responsibility of the student but all students practice under a supervising attorney s law license meet on a regular basis with the Clinic attorneys to discuss their cases and are supervised at court hearings by the Clinic attorneys Upon receiving a case a student s first task often is often to obtain a protection order against the client s abuser Many clients also choose to work with the Clinic to pursue divorce from their abusive partners or desire the Clinic s assistance to address issues of child custody and support property division or other matters related to escaping the abusive relationship Students have the opportunity to practice in Tuscaloosa County What are the DV Law Clinic Credits Workload and Other Requirements The DV Law Clinic is

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