Participants in the CLIA clinic will have the opportunity to work with youth from local high schools on law and policy-related issues selected through consultation with neighborhood organizations and legal advocates. Law students will work collaboratively with youth and community residents to address these issues through the use of various legal and non-legal strategies, including organizing, media advocacy, and legislative action. Students will also have the chance to handle a variety of legal issues (both for community and individual clients) that arise during the course of the semester. Recent classes assisted with the lobbying and enforcement of a local ordinance banning the advertisement of alcohol and tobacco products on billboards in residential areas; developed cases against the owners of drug nuisance properties; removed illegal payphones from drug corners; and set up community conferences with liquor store owners and law enforcement officers. As part of these projects, law students have drafted legislation, appeared in administrative hearings, counseled community associations, and assisted government agencies on policy matters. CLIA students are responsible for researching the strategies underlying their various projects while collaborating with the high school students to produce innovative solutions. Law students are also responsible for imparting a basic understanding of advocacy skills to the youth. Both the group advocacy projects and individual cases will be used throughout the semester to examine traditional lawyering strategies and to compare their effectiveness to the multi-disciplinary, collaborative problem-solving strategies employed by “community lawyers.” Community Law In Action (CLIA) is a nationally recognized youth-focused leadership and advocacy development program affiliated with the School of Law. As part of its broad mission, CLIA operates a Law & Leadership Academy at a local high school, a series of after-school programs for middle school youth, and the Baltimore City Youth Congress, a youth-led advocacy organization. Clinical law students can expect to work with CLIA staff members and partner organizations on many of these specialty programs as part of their general clinic responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity for law students to broaden their advocacy and problem-solving skills while working with a successful public interest organization and using their talents to make a real difference in the lives of urban youth, their schools, and their communities.
Students in this course are required to attend the skills orientation training and participate in the bus tour for the semester in which they begin this clinic.
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|This course is not currently scheduled.|