Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic (30119). 2 or 3 units, credit/fail for students' first term; students may opt into grading after the first term. Students in this clinical seminar will represent homeowners fighting foreclosure in Connecticut state and federal court. They will advise clients both in and outside the courthouse and appear in court multiple times during the semester through the clinic's limited-scope representation program, "Attorney for Short Calendar." Students will also have an ongoing caseload in which they will conduct motion practice and discovery, including legal research and writing, as well as represent clients in Connecticut foreclosure mediation. Clinic students also engage in novel affirmative litigation against the mortgage industry and engage in appellate work through direct representation in Connecticut and amicus work nationwide. The clinic is also involved in legislative advocacy to expand the legal remedies available to homeowners fighting foreclosure. Weekly seminars focus on case preparation, skill development, and housing policy (with an emphasis on discriminatory and abusive lending, as well as the government's enabling of and response to such practices). Open only to J.D. students. Enrollment limited to twelve. J. Gentes.
Course Bidding: Because the clinic represents Spanish-speaking clients with limited English proficiency, we need at least a few students who are fluent in Spanish. Students who fit the bill should email Professor Gentes during the bidding period (email@example.com), as well as submit the question through the YLS:Courses bidding system.
Note: Attendance at first class meeting is required and students cannot drop after that.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project; Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.