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Wayne Law Clinics Newsletter Summer 2012

Wayne Law Clinics Newsletter Summer 2012

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Newsletter of the Clinics at Wayne Law - Business & Community Law, Disability, Immigration and Asylum, Transnational Environmental.
Newsletter of the Clinics at Wayne Law - Business & Community Law, Disability, Immigration and Asylum, Transnational Environmental.

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The First Issue of Our Monthly E-Newsletter
Welcome to
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
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
Local entrepreneurs and innovators celebrated the July 13opening of the first satellite office of theU.S. Patent andTrademark Office (USPTO), located in the Stroh River PlaceComplex. With it comes a prestigious new Patent ProcurementClinic at Wayne Law, where qualifying patent clients will get legalservices at no charge.Wayne Law is the only school in Michigan – and among fewer than 20 law schools nationwide – chosen by the USPTO fora participating patent clinic certified as part of theoffice’s pilotprogram. The selected schools were praised for their excellent IPcurriculum, effective outreach to thecommunity, and comprehensive clientservices.David Kappos, director of theUSPTO in Washington, D.C., called it“a wonderful prog ram” that isexpanding, and said an expedited processis used for patent applicationsthat comeout of the participating clinics.“I think it’s great for Michigan andDetroit and Wayne State to have thepatent of fice in Detroit, and the smallinventor community here in Detroitshould be pleased,” said Teresa Stanek Rea, deputy director of the U.S. Patentand Trademark Office and a Wayne Lawalumna.The new Detroit office will mean“jobs, jobs, jobs,” Kappos said. “For the first timein history, weare bringing the patent office to the innovation community andnot the other wa y around… We also will be using this new officeas a hubof interacting with the university community.”Wayne Law Assistant Professor Eric Williams, who directsthe Business and Community Law Clinic comprising the newPatent Procurement Clinic as well as a small business module anda nonprofit module, is excited about the “incredible resource” thenew Detroit satellite patent office willbe for his students and forthe community. He and other faculty members and alumniworked hard on the application process.“Given the strength of our faculty and ouralumni network,we submitted a compelling application,”Williams said. “Theclinic’s close relationship with the area’s business incubatorscreatesa natural conduit for clients. However, I believe what setour application apart was that our clinic’s design encouragesstudents to interactwith the law firms, investors,incubators,inventors, property owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, small businessowners, community stakeholders and government agencies thatmake up the area’s business and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ourlocation in Detroit and ourrole as a public institution and publicresource give the clinic the potential tosupport urban entrepreneurship andcommunity development in ameaningful way. These kinds of interactions are invaluable to studentswho want to learn how to reallypractice. I don’t think many otherclinics can say that.”Wayne Law faculty members workedwith alumnus Christopher Darrow, anexperienced patent attorney, to draftthe application and a syllabus for thepatent portion of the clinic. ThomasHelmholdt, another experienced patentattorney, will teach the patent portionof the clinic, whichwill offer legalservices freeof charge, although clientsmust pay filing fees.“We expect that our patent clients will be similar to the manystart-up tech clients we currently serve,” Williams said. “The clinichas been meeting with all the local business/technologyincubators to inform them of the newpatent procurementservices that the clinic is now offering, and to let the incubatorsknowour clinic is now accepting applications for new clients forthe patent side of the clinic. We have already met with TechTown,Bizdom, OU Incubator and others. Based onour initial meetingswith incubators, we expect our students will be working on somevery interesting inventions.”
Wayne Law is first in the stateselected by U.S.P.T.O asparticipating clinic
USPTO Director David Kappos congratulates Clinic Director Eric Williamson the Wayne State patent clinic's selection for the USPTO Pilot Program.
USPTO Deputy Director Theresa Rea(Wayne Law) speaks at Wayne Law followingthe grand opening of the Elijah McCoy PatentOffice.
http://law.wayne.edu/academics/clinics.phpHaving the patent clinic at WayneLaw in conjunction with the new satelliteUSPTO will offer other advantages forstudents.“One example is that the clinic andWayne Law’s patent law program willbenefit from having regular guestspeakers from the U.S. Patent andTrademark Office,” Williams said.“Mostnotably, Deputy Director and Waynealumna Teresa Stanek Rea has offered tospeak at the Law School.”Another example is that all of ourstudents will be using the new Detroitpatent office’s public search room toconduct novelty searches to help identifypatentable inventions.“Having a patentoffice here in Detroit is going to makeDetroit a nerve center for the patent lawcommunity, just like Detroit is the nervecenter for the automobile industry.Detroiters like to say, ‘We hustle harder.’We also innovate harder. The key isharnessing all that energy, hustle andinnovation.”
Facility to Help Speed Up PatentProcess and Create Local Jobs
U.S. Patent andTrademark OfficeOpens First-EverSatellite Office inDetroit
Acting U.S. Commerce SecretaryRebecca Blank and Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property andDirector of the U.S. Patent andTrademark Office (USPTO) DavidKappos, along with elected officials,today participated in a ribbon-cuttinceremony to officially open the Elijah J.McCoy USPTO in Detroit, Michigan – the first-ever Patent and Trademark Office outside of Washington, DC. Thenew office is the first to open out of fourrecently-announcedUSPTO satelliteoffices that will function as hubs of innovation and creativity, helping protectand foster American innovation in theglobal marketplace, helping businessescut through red tape, and creating hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in each of the local communities. More atUSPTO.govhere
WSU Law PatentProcurement Clinic
Eric Williams, Director
Thomas Helmholdt, Adjunct ProfessorThe Patent Procurement Clinic(PPC) is the newest addition to WayneLaw’s clinical program. The clinic isassociated with the Business andCommunity Law Clinic, providing students with an opportunity work withinventors on matters beyond patentprocurement.The PPC serves clients on a probono basis. Each student performs apatentability search and drafts a patentapplication for a real client under theguidance of an experienced patentattorney. Students may also have theopportunity to perform patentprosecution tasks such as responding tooffice actions. The PPC also counsels allclients on the process for obtaining apatent.Students who have taken the clinicfor credit will have the option to continueon with the clinic in the following semesters on either a credit or volunteernon-credit basis. Students taking theclinic for a second semester will developspecial projects with the Professor.Students taking the clinic on a volunteernon-credit basis can have their hourscounted for the Student Voluntary ProBono Program. Students interested inparticipating on a non-credit basis shouldcontact Diane H. Fears to confirm thenumber of hours that will count for theStudent Voluntary Pro Bono Program – Diane H. Fears, Director of the StudentVoluntary Pro Bono Program, at (313)577-8039 orlawprobono@wayne.edu.Inventors interested in being a clientof the clinic should contact us atpatentclinic@wayne.eduto request anapplication.
Business &Community Law
Eric Williams,Director
&Community Law
Clinic(BCL) is Wayne Law'stransactional clinic. Theclinic represents bothfor-profit and nonprofitclients who cannotafford to pay for legal services offered byattorneys in the private bar. The clinicassists businesses within the city of Detroit and in the Detroit metropolitanarea. Among the services the clinic offersare: entity formation, contract review andpreparation, review and drafting of commercial real estate documents,preparation of trademark and copyrightapplications, and preparation of taxexempt applications for 501(c)(3) status.The clinic represents clients only onbusiness transactions and does not work on litigation matters.Since the clinic began serving clientsin 2007, it has provided legal assistance todozens of for-profit clients including record labels, a day spa, technologycompanies, a bath and body caremanufacturer, and a financial literacycompany, among others. It has alsoprovided legal assistance to a myriad of start-up nonprofit clients including anorganization formed to mentor at-risk students, an organization that providesfree clothes and other material necessitiesto low income people, an organizationformed to provide services to children of domestic abuse survivors, a public interestenvironmental law firm and more.The BCL’s classroom componentteaches students the skills and valuesneeded to effectively represent clients ontransactional matters, including client

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