(formerly the Civil Justice Clinic - Work Life Policy Unit)
Students in the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic focus on employment law matters for low-income individuals and non-profit organizations working on their behalf. This work includes civil disputes, administrative proceedings, legislative lawyering, public policy development, and community education projects involving unemployment insurance benefits, leave, wage and hour, discrimination, workplace flexibility, and civil justice for military families.
With faculty supervision, students are responsible for all aspects of representing Clinic clients, including: case selection; interviewing and counseling clients; fact investigation; theory and advocacy strategy development; analyzing options for changing employment and housing law and policy; drafting demand letters, pleadings, motions, appellate briefs, settlements, and policy documents such as white papers, amicus briefs, analysis of pending legislation, comments to administrative agencies, or testimony; and representing clients in negotiations with other parties, administrative hearings or at oral arguments in state or federal court.
The Clinic also includes a mandatory seminar component that focuses on the relevant substantive law (such as employment laws and other supports of vulnerable populations, including people with disabilities and military families) and training/simulations on relevant skills (such as legislative lawyering, courtroom advocacy, public speaking, fact investigation, interviewing, counseling, dispute resolution, negotiation, and drafting).
The Clinic is a graded 6-credit course. Students are expected to spend at least 270 hours in the Clinic during the semester.
The Clinic does not accept clients on a walk-in basis. At this time, the only new matters the Clinic is considering without a referral from a community partner are hearings related to the denial or overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits or issues relating to wage theft. People seeking help from the Work-Life Law and Policy Clinic must call 480-727-2382 for further information.