The Equal Justice America Disability Law Clinic opened in the Fall 2000 semester as part of the clinical program at Pace Law School. For 10 years, the EJA Clinic has delivered much needed civil legal services to indigent disabled children and adults, while educating law students who are committed to becoming effective advocates for those in need. Nearly 100 Pace law students have taken part in the EJA Clinic.
Founded by Pace law alumnus Dan Ruben in 1993, EJA has been putting law students to work with organizations across the country providing civil representation to those who need it most. With the inception of the EJA Disability Rights Clinic, EJA has expanded its operations by creating a self-contained “live-client” clinical learning environment for enhanced training of law students committed to public interest law.
Equal Justice America’s long term commitment to the Disability Rights Clinic has ensured its success as an integral part of Pace’s highly regarded clinical law program. Like other clinics at Pace, the EJA Disability Rights Clinic provides civil representation to clients whose financial circumstances do not permit them to engage private attorneys.
The EJA Clinic offers students hands-on practical experience in providing direct legal representation to the disabled in a mentored learning environment. Student lawyers work under the direction of Professor Margaret M. “Gretchen” Flint, who has more than 20 years of experience in the field. Admitted under a Student Practice Order, and closely supervised by Professor Flint, student interns interview and counsel clients, plan and carry out fact investigations, draft legal documents, and conduct settlement negotiations, hearings and trials.
The Equal Justice America Disability Law Clinic provides a tremendous hands-on lawyering experience for the students while delivering crucial help to indigent handicapped individuals in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties with pressing legal needs.
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