USF Law Clinics
The USF Law Clinics include several specialized clinics:
6 Units In the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, students receive training and, under the supervision of the clinic director, represent abused, neglected, or abandoned children in child welfare proceedings. Clinic activities include interviewing clients, investigation, writing and responding to motions, and court appearances on behalf of clients in San Francisco Superior and Juvenile Courts, as well as the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.
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6 Units A successor to our first in-house program, the criminal clinic remains a core component of the USF Law Clinics. Students enrolled in this clinic represent indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial and appeal. They also represent defendants in juvenile court delinquency proceedings.
Employment Law Clinic
6 Units Students in this clinic represent clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission mediations involving alleged discrimination. Students investigate claims and prepare cases for mediation. As part of their preparation, students develop the theory of the case, determine damages, and write a mediation brief. Upon successful resolution of the case, students prepare a settlement agreement.
Students also represent federal employees in Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) hearings. The MSPB is the independent quasi-judicial agency that serves as guardian of the federal merit systems. This representation is for federal employees who are appealing actions such as termination or suspension. Students interview clients, conduct discovery, appear in pretrial conferences and represent employees in MSPB hearings. For this representation, students follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence. This initiative is the first and only pilot project of its kind in the United States, and is intended to determine if law school clinics can fill the gap in the representation of federal employees who cannot afford the services of an attorney.
In addition, Employment Law Clinic students become involved in wage and hour disputes before the California Labor Commissioner. The clinic assists clients of the Instituto Laboral de la Raza, a workers' rights organization that addresses the needs of low income workers and their families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Finally, clinic students make presentations on employment rights at local high schools as part of the EEOC's Youth at Work program.
Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project
The USF School of Law has launched the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services project, a collaborative effort between the school’s Investor Justice, Employment Law, Internet and Intellectual Property, and Mediation clinics. The new initiative is intended to provide a host of legal services to start-up companies in Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area.
Under the supervision of clinical faculty and staff, law students provide the legal expertise that many budding entrepreneurs need to launch their businesses successfully. The Investor Justice Clinic works on business and securities legal issues; the Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic works with trademarks, copyrights, patents and online business issues; and the Employment Law Clinic works with issues ranging from worker rights to employee classification and employment discrimination. In addition, the Mediation Clinic works with resolving conflicts through alternative dispute resolution rather than traditional means.
The project is supervised by Professor Robert Talbot. For additional information about the Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project, contact email@example.com.
4 Units USF's innovative Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic focuses on critical human rights issues, including migrants' rights, application of the death penalty to juveniles, and trafficking of women. Participating students research and prepare presentations for the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Commission on the Status of Women. As representatives of Human Rights Advocates, many students present their case to the council at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, or to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Students also work on briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts and represent individual clients before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
3 Units The Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, provides a variety of intellectual property legal services, such as domain name disputes in ICANN proceedings, copyright infringement notifications and counter notifications under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, as well as other trademark and copyright matters. The clinic is also a partner in "Chilling Effects," a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and law school clinics at Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and Maine. Chilling Effects helps the public understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws provide for online activities.
3 Units In the Investor Justice Clinic, students represent investors in actions involving allegations of wrongdoing by securities firms and/or their employees. Students appear in arbitrations and other proceedings before the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) as well as the NYSE Arca (formerly the Pacific Stock Exchange). The clinic is officially recognized by the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (FINRA) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
3 Units Students in the Mediation Clinic have the opportunity to apply dispute resolution skills by serving as mediators in cases brought to the San Francisco Small Claims Court. These mediations involve most areas of the law with the exception of criminal and family law matters. After intensive training, clinic students conduct mediations and draft settlement agreements for parties who are able to resolve their disputes.