LAW 5270: Community Economic Development Clinic (Fall Term)

Course Catalog Number: 
5270
Course Credits: 
0
Course Priority: 
General Enrollment Course
Course Category: 
Standard Courses
Full Year Course: 
Yes
Course Type: 
Clinic

The Community Economic Development (CED) clinic mission is to develop community infrastructure and create livelihoods for local homeowners and small businesses. We counsel clients, but on the weekends and evenings we also produce community seminars on real estate, business, nonproft and local government issues. The CED goal is to replicate our efforts though educational curriculum development in collaboration with other schools, agencies and government entities. The CED clinic is a graded, 6-credit, year-long course. The CED clinic meets for two (2) class hours per week. A minimum of eight (8) hours per week for actual client work, representation or project management is required, although students should be prepared to put in more than the minimum to satisfy client needs. Most likely we will have to set aside time for case rounds where students meet with the Director, Professor Friedson, weekly for client and project updates. The CED Clinic is a professional obligation on par with a job at a law firm. You must be a 3rd Year Student in ’09 -’10 to enroll. Letter grades will be issued. During regularly scheduled office hours, students will provide direct, supervised assistance to clients. Students will be trained in client counseling, contract drafting, transactional document preparation, entity formation and negotiations. Since the CED operates from community funds, the legal service-mix varies year-to-year. The 2009-10 CED Clinic may focus on safety issues for student-tenants, wealth creation strategies for homeowners, local arts & entertainment industry incubation, small business development and blight reduction in the Pittsburgh region. Grading is based on class attendance and participation; the conciseness and clarity of written assignments; diligence in client service; integrity in team work; and the sincerity one brings to a self-evaluation. Written assignments include, but are not limited to: contracts, incorporation documents, agreements among business or land owners, wills, legal memorandum and seminar/training materials. Client service is evaluated according to, among other things, student diligence, competence, professionalism and file management. Post-representation surveys are issued to clients and post-seminar surveys are issued to audience members. Because of the time and flexibility demands related to client representation in the clinic, prior to registration/enrollment in the CED clinic, a student must have attended the pre-registration clinic orientation meeting on one of the previously scheduled dates. If you missed the required meeting we can schedule an individual meeting at the discretion of Professor Friedson prior to the end of registration, March 27th. Students must fulfill this pre-requisite before registering for the CED Clinic. Enrollment is limited to 8 students. Enrollment may be extended at the sole discretion of the Director, any one interested in the CED who does not get in via regular enrollment may submit a resume and a one-page letter explaining how the CED clinic would benefit from his or her participation to the Director at dtf1@pitt.edu. The Clinical Program is housed in the Sennott Square Building (Suite 5220) directly adjacent to the Law School. The main telephone number is 412-648-1300.

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