The Workers’ Rights Clinic is a one-semester litigation specialty clinic. This clinic aims to develop students’ understanding about the rights and needs of low-wage workers and about the power and limits of our roles as attorneys trying to solve individual legal problems and effectuate broader social change. Students in this clinic will receive practice experience and be exposed to legal problems facing low-wage workers in two ways.
First, each student will be placed with a non-profit or governmental organization that represents workers (including the Legal Aid Bureau, the Public Justice Center, CASA de Maryland, and the Attorney General’s Office for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation). As an integral part of the legal team for these organizations, students will, for example, negotiate with employers who have failed to pay wages, draft complaints to be filed in court to recover wages, conduct legal research for employment cases, prepare testimony and assist with advocacy efforts regarding workers’ rights legislation pending in the Maryland General Assembly, and develop and pursue other strategies to represent low-wage workers.
Second, under the supervision of Professor Eisenberg, each student will represent at least one (and possibly more depending on intake case load) claimant in an unemployment benefits appeals hearing. This will give students direct experience representing a client in litigation. Students will learn how to conduct client intake and build client relationships, identify legal problems, develop a case theory, prepare and conduct direct and cross-examination, and deliver closing statements at an administrative hearing before a hearing examiner.
This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement.
Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a one day (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Law Practice Orientation Program before the first day of the semester in which the course begins.
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Last offered Spring 2011.