Clinic Practice: Civil Litigation
Students in this clinic represent clients under the supervision of Professors John Elson and Laurie Mikva in a wide variety of simple and complex civil cases, most of which are in the area of tenants' rights. Depending on the stage of the litigation, students represent clients at administrative hearings, take depositions, draft written discovery, prepare and argue motions, and try cases. They regularly interview prospective clients at the Loop office of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and present the cases of the clients they interview at the case acceptance meetings which the LAF attorneys conduct once a week at noon. Students are expected to interview clients at LAF on the average of two times per month. In the weekly class sessions, Professors Elson and Mikva discuss pre-trial litigation skills, such as interviewing, counseling, case planning, negotiation, discovery, and motion practice, as well as alternative strategies for litigating clinic cases. This Clinic is also in the planning stage of a new medical-legal partnership program in which students will work with health professionals in representing patients on legal problems that adversely affect the patients' health, particularly in regard to deleterious housing conditions. NOTE: There will be a mandatory clinic student orientation hosted by clinic faculty on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.