Fall or spring semester: 3 credits
The Poverty Law Clinic represents low-income clients in eviction actions at the Daley Center, Section Eight voucher termination hearings at the Chicago Housing Authority, and unemployment appeals in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. Of the eviction and Section Eight voucher termination cases, most cases involve allegations of criminal wrongdoing in which there is a good faith basis to believe the client is innocent or otherwise has a meritorious defense to the allegations. The clinic works in collaboration with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago to interview prospective clients and assess the merits of the prospective clients' cases. You will work in pairs to review pleadings, interview clients and witnesses, draft discovery requests and discovery responses, engage in motion practice, participate in settlement negotiations, and, if necessary, participate in trial preparation and trial proceedings. You will gain a range of litigation experience, including working with clients and witnesses, engaging in discovery, motion practice, and, if a case does not settle, trial work.