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Wayne State University Law School

Wayne State University Law School
471 West Palmer
Detroit, MI 48202
www.law.wayne.edu

Law School Pro Bono Programs

Contact Information

David Moss, Director of Clinical Education
E-mail
P: (313) 577-3970

Category Type

Formal Voluntary Pro Bono Program Characterized by a Referral System with a Coordinator

Description of Programs

In Fall 2007, Professor and Clinical Director David Moss will launch an HIV/AIDS Pro Bono Project in which he will coordinate student and faculty volunteers to assist those needing legal assistance with issues relating to HIV/AIDS.

In addition, we have several independent student-run pro bono projects, including projects run by the Student Board of Governors (the law school student government), the St. Thomas More Society, and the Hurricane Relief Network.

Location of Programs

All pro bono programs are physically based within the law school. The programs primarily serve persons in the Detroit area, with the exception of the Hurricane Relief Network, which sent approximately 12 Wayne State law students to New Orleans in March 2007.

Staffing/Management/Oversight

The HIV/AIDS Pro Bono Project will be overseen by Professor Moss. The student-run projects are managed and overseen by the student groups.

Funding

The Pro Bono projects are self-funded.

Student Run Pro Bono Groups/Specialized Law Education Projects

At least three student groups (the Student Board of Governors, the St. Thomas More Society, and the Hurricane Relief Network) provide pro bono programs. In addition, Dean of Students Michele Miller runs a program in which law students teach about the law in Detroit high schools (for academic credit).

Faculty and Administrative Pro Bono

Wayne State Law School faculty provide pro bono assistance to a variety of groups, including the ACLU of Michigan, the NAACP, and Habitat for Humanity.

Awards/Recognition

Several faculty members have recently received awards or recognition for their pro bono work, including Associate Dean David A. Moran and Distinguished Professor Robert Sedler, both for their work with the ACLU of Michigan, and Professor John Mogk, for his work with Habitat for Humanity. Professor Janet Findlater was recognized in 2007 by the State Bar of Michigan for her pro bono work on behalf of foster children.

Community Service

Many students and faculty members perform community service for a variety of civic, religious, and charitable organizations.

Law School Public Interest Programs

Contact Information

David Moss
Director of Clinical Education
E-mail
P: (313) 577-3970

Certificate/Curriculum Programs

None listed

Public Interest Centers

None listed

Public Interest Clinics

Criminal Appellate Practice; Disability Law Clinic; Free Legal Aid Clinic (Family Law); Small Business Enterprises and Nonprofit Corporations Clinic

Externships/Internships

The Judicial Internship program offers internships with judges, federal and state, trial and appellate. The Criminal Justice Internship program offers internships with prosecutors and public defenders, federal and state. The Civil Law Internship program offers internships with federal, state, and municipal government agencies, with public interest law offices, and with nonprofit organizations. The Practicum in Dispute Resolution offers internships with nonprofit mediation centers.

Classes with a Public Service Component

Teaching Law in High School (students teach law in Detroit high schools)

Public Interest Journals

Journal of Law in Society http://www.law.wayne.edu/organization/lawjournal/default.htm

PI Career Support Center

In 2007, the Law School announced the creation of the $3,100,000 Ziemba Scholarship Program, which will, beginning 2007-2008 provide approximately $150,000 annually in scholarships to students with a demonstrated commitment to careers in the public interest.

Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP)

None listed

Post-Graduate Fellowships/Awards

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Term Time Fellowships/Scholarships

Law School Funded:

None listed

Graduate Student Funded:

The Law School has exchange programs with the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and Warwick University in England. Students selected for these programs pay tuition at Wayne State.

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Summer Fellowships

Law School Funded:

The Freeman Fellowship funds one law student to enroll in the International Law Program each year at the University of the Hague in the Netherlands each summer.

Graduate Student Funded:

None listed

Other Funding Sources:

None listed

Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Programs

Free Legal Aid Clinic

Student Public Interest Groups

Public Interest Law Association; Free Legal Aid Clinic, Inc.; Hurricane Relief Network

August 7, 2018