The First Issue of Our Monthly E-Newsletter
Law in Practice
Law in Practice
Wayne Law Clinics at The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights
Welcome to the ﬁrstissue of
Law in Practice
.This newsletter isdesigned with manydifferent audiences inmind: students, alumni,clients, former clients,potential clients, and anyone interested inclinical educationor the areas of lawcovered by the clinics.The role of clinics in legal educationhas increased dramatically over the pastdecade. It is a trend that appears likely tocontinue. The traditional apprenticeshipmodel - young law yers learning how topractice law from their more experiencedcolleagues - is becoming increasinglyuntenable. Law schools have alwaystaught black letter law, but both the basicsand subtleties of actual practice werelearned after graduation. For a variety of reasons, such a division of labor in legaleducation no long er serves the needs of students, employers, or clients.These are developments legaleducatorstake seriously. Law schoolsacross the country are nowrestructuring the traditional curriculum to increase thepractice readiness of graduates. Theclinical experience enables students toleave school more prepared to address,not only substantive law issues, but alsoprofessional and ethical issues (e.g.conﬂicts of interest), as well as practicaland business issues (marketing, clientdevelopment).The evolution of legal education hasbeneﬁted both students and employers. Ithas also created amazing opportunitiesfor the communities in which clinics arelocated. For Wayne Law students, theclinical program is a chance to applytheir knowledge and hone their skills inservice of the citizens and institutions of greater Detroit. After all, Wayne StateUniversity Law School and its clinics arepublic resources and part of the fabric of the city. Our students live in metro-Detroit. When they graduate, most of them will practice in metro-Detroit. Onissues ranging from immigration toentrepreneurship to communitydevelopment and the environment, theDetroit metro area and WSU are foreverlinked. It is onl y ﬁtting that the ﬁrst tasteof real lawyering for Wayne Law studentsis here in the City of Detroit.There are a lot of wonderful and exciting things happening at the WayneLaw clinics, but the clinical program itself is a work in progress. There is room forbothnew clinics and expansion of existing clinics. We are constantly looking for ways to incorporate the expertise of Wayne alumni. Engagement with thecommunities we serve is an ongoing process. In short, there is still a lot to do.Whether you are a law studentinterested in taking a clinic, a potentialclient, or an alum interested in sharing your experiences with your futurecolleagues, please feel free to reach out tous.-- David Moss,Director of Clinical Eduction
BUSINESSES & COMMUNITY
Students assist nonproﬁts, smallbusinesses and aspiringentrepreneurs.
Students work with inventors andsmall businesses to providepatentability searches, applicationdrafting, and responses to patentofﬁce rejections.
Students represent individual clientsseeking immigration beneﬁtsincluding, asylum, withholding of removal, U and T visas for victims of trafﬁcking and other crimes, relief under the Violence Against WomenAct (VAWA), and more.
Students work on a range of issues,from climate change and cleanenergy to water protection andenvironmental justice.
Assistance to low-income individualswith disabilities on a range of issues,including social security SSI, healthinsurance, and special education.CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION AT WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL
SUMMER 2012 / ISSUE 1