Duquesne University School of Law

Unemployment Compensation Clinic

Reopens Spring 2016

Spring 2016
One-Semester Graded Course

1-6 Credits (classroom and non-classroom)

 

Enrollment: up to 20 students

 

Clinic Hours to Be Completed: Minimum of 10 Hours per Week

 

Class Meeting Time: Thursday, 6:00 - 7:40 p.m.

 

Class Location: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education - Room 202

 

Students are interviewed by the supervising attorneys for admission to the clinic

 

Supervising Attorneys

Tracey McCants Lewis

Office Hours: Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 308

 

This clinic focuses on assisting low-income clients with unemployment compensation matters. Students receive valuable hands-on training in:

  • Interviewing clients
  • Appearing before administrative judges
  • Applying the rules of evidence
  • Preparing cases
  • Drafting appellate briefs

All students represent multiple clients over the course of the clinic and therefore have expanded opportunities to develop and hone their trial advocacy skills. For the spring 2016 semester, students can take advantage of:  

  • Flexibility to earn 1-6 credits
  • Credit hours based on your availability
  • Two choices of clinical seminars
  • Two supervising attorneys

Choose your credit hours based on the number of clinical hours you can commit to, and choose a day or evening Thursday seminar: either 4-5:40 p.m. or 6-7:40 p.m.

Learn more about the clinic by contacting Professor Tracey McCants Lewis at lewist1@duq.edu or contacting the clinical legal education office.

 

Clinic News

Unemployment Compensation Clinic

Duquesne Lawyer

In one spring semester in 2013 (a recent clinic year) Duquesne Law helped nearly 80 clients in their unemployment claims. The student teams had handled roughly 60 evidentiary hearings, some of which involved multiple appearances, and seven administrative appeals to the Board of Review. 

In many instances, the students faced experienced counsel and performed exceptionally well. In more than half of the appeals to the Board of Review, the students were successful in having the decision of the referee reversed and the client granted benefits. A number of students took hearings over their semester break, as well as during spring break, and worked on their personal free time to help clients obtain their benefits. Of note, in the last two years, the students were successful in two Commonwealth Court appeals that resulted in the decisions of the board being overturned and benefits granted to the clients.


 

Unemployment Compensation Clinic Receives Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award

The Unemployment Compensation Clinic received a 2010 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award. The award recognizes attorneys and judges who have made exceptional contributions to improve civil legal aid in the commonwealth. During 2009-2010, the students in the Unemployment Compensation Clinic handled 87 clients at Unemployment Compensation referee hearings throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region.