Sheller Center Clinics
The Sheller Center’s Social Justice Lawyering Clinic is supervised by Clinical Professor Jennifer Lee. In addition, two new clinics will become available during the 2019-20 school year: an Access to Justice Clinic, supervised by Prof. Len Rieser (fall semester), and a new clinic (spring semester) to be supervised by Prof. Shanda Sibley, who will join the Law School in 2019-20.
Another clinic, Justice Lab, operated from 2016 to 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Colleen Shanahan. Justice Lab is not currently in operation, but information about its work is available here.
Social Justice Lawyering Clinic
In the Social Justice Lawyering Clinic (SJLC), students primarily represent low-wage workers and organizations engaged in labor, immigration, criminal justice, civil rights, and other advocacy impacting immigrants and workers. The clinic docket includes employment cases at all stages of proceedings before the state and federal courts. The clinic’s non-litigation work consists of the representation of grassroots organizations, legal nonprofits, and other entities involved in policy and legislative reform efforts, media advocacy, and community education. All students handle at least one litigation and one non-litigation matter. The SJLC seminar meets weekly and is centered on a practice-oriented examination of advocacy, where students can collectively strategize about their work while engaging in critical self-reflection about social justice lawyering.
Access to Justice Clinic
In this new clinic, students will work on systemic projects aimed at increasing the availability of legal help to people of low and moderate means who are currently forced to navigate the civil justice system on their own. These projects will be conducted in collaboration with local organizations, such as legal non-profits, bar associations, and courts, that are actively seeking to improve access to civil justice for low- and moderate-income individuals.