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Clinics & Experiential Learning

The first time I walked into a courtroom, my stomach was doing cartwheels.
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Yale Law School has one of the most robust clinical programs in the country. Unlike most other schools, students can begin taking clinics--and appearing in court--during the spring of their first year. Clinic students represent real clients with real legal problems (not in simulations or role-playing exercises), and are supervised by senior faculty members, with whom they often develop close and lasting mentoring relationships.

About 80% of our students take advantage of this unique opportunity to combine theory with practice, and many students take more than one clinic.  With more than 20 clinics, there are almost always places available.

In addition to the 11 clinics in the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, and the clinics and projects listed to the left on this page, a number of other centers and programs also offer experiential learning opportunities.  Simulation courses are also offered in such areas as Appellate Advocacy, Arbitration and Mediation Skills, and Negotiating and Drafting M&A Agreements.

Clinic News

May 1, 2015

WIRAC Clinic Files Lawsuit Against Goodfellas Restaurant in New Haven

Former workers from Goodfellas Restaurant in New Haven filed a federal lawsuit against the restaurant alleging, wage theft, harassment, and racketeering offenses. The lawsuit was filed by the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.
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April 27, 2015

Veterans Clinic, SWAN Deliver Proposed Executive Order Demanding Sex Discrimination Protections at Military Academies

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School representing the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) delivered a proposed executive order to the White House to demand that the President establish protections against gender discrimination for cadets and midshipmen at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.  
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April 6, 2015

Veterans Clinic Files Nation-Wide Class Action, Challenging Delays in VA Benefits Processing

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a Marine Corps veteran and thousands of other veterans seeking to compel the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to decide initial disability compensation appeals that have been pending more than one year. 
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March 23, 2015

Yale Law Clinic Seeks Relief for Homeowners Burdened with Underwater Second Mortgages

The Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic at Yale Law School, along with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC), has filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in a case that presents the question of whether wholly underwater second mortgages can be voided in bankruptcy as unsecured liens. 
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February 4, 2015

Veterans Clinic Files Suit Against DoD for Failing to Release Records

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on February 3, 2015, with the Service Women’s Action Network, American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of Connecticut against the U.S. Department of Defense for violating the Freedom of Information Act.
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January 27, 2015

Yale Law School Veterans Clinic Advocates for Marginalized Veteran Populations—A Commentary by Michael Wishnie ’93

Michael J. Wishnie ’93 is the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association. 
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January 23, 2015

Yale Ethics Bureau Cited by Supreme Court in Case of Death Row Inmate

A Missouri death row inmate was granted another chance to challenge his conviction last week when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his court-appointed attorneys were ineffective as a result of their missing a crucial appeals deadline in 2005.
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January 20, 2015

Judge Expands Immigration Bond Hearing Ruling in WIRAC Lawsuit

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School recently secured another victory when Judge Michael A. Ponsor ‘74 ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to detained immigrants while their deportation hearings are being appealed.
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December 11, 2014

SFALP Students Assist in Filing Tax Fraud Case in California

Students from Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) recently helped file a lawsuit against a tax-preparation company in Oakland, California.
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November 19, 2014

Panel Discusses Successes and Failures of International Response in Haiti

Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and what lessons could be learned from those experiences for future global crisis response at an event at Yale Law School.
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November 4, 2014

Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Receives Award from South Asian Bar Association

The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut presented its 2014 Community Service Award to the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic on October 28 in Hartford.
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October 2, 2014

YLS Veterans Clinic Wins Major Victory in Adjustment Disorder, Denial of Benefits Case

The Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic won a major victory in the case of a U.S. Veteran wrongly diagnosed with an adjustment disorder and denied benefits.
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September 17, 2014

Lowenstein Clinic Report Details Faisalabad Police Abuse Toward Juveniles

A new report by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic documents the widespread abuse of juveniles by the Faisalabad, Pakistan, police force.
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September 15, 2014

Christopher Sallon QC to Present Seminar Series on The Art & Ethics of Advocacy

Christopher Sallon QC, noted British barrister, will deliver a four-part lecture series at Yale Law School titled "The Art & Ethics of Advocacy."
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July 29, 2014

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Lawsuit Seeking to End Discrimination Against Military Sex Assault Survivors

 Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic files suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain judicial review of the VA's refusal to revise rules that discriminate against survivors of military sexual trauma.
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July 3, 2014

SFALP Students Assist in California Lead Paint Case

After 13 years, 10 California jurisdictions received a $1.1 billion verdict in a victory over three manufacturers of lead-based paint. Students in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project have worked closely with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office on this case since 2006, making it one of SFALP's longest running projects. 
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June 9, 2014

Connecticut Enacts Landmark Veterans Employment Law

Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic drafted and advocated for H.B. 5299 on behalf of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. 
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June 9, 2014

Civil Rights Plaintiffs Settle With East Haven, Secure Groundbreaking Immigration Policy

Civil rights plaintiffs in Chacón v. East Haven Police Department today announced a groundbreaking settlement with the Town of East Haven. 
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June 4, 2014

Deported U.S. Veteran Seeks Return to Home and Family

Arnold Giammarco, a U.S. Army veteran deported to Italy nearly two years ago, continues his legal battle to reunite with his wife, five-year-old daughter, and elderly parents in Connecticut. With representation from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic (VLSC) and the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School, Giammarco has submitted a pardon application to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles (BOPP) and an application for humanitarian parole to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
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May 28, 2014

Long-Detained Immigrants in Massachusetts Win Class Action Suit As Judge Orders Bond Hearings

On May 27, 2014, a federal judge ordered that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to immigrants who have been mandatorily detained for longer than six months in Massachusetts, a population that includes many residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
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April 30, 2014

YLS Clinic Represents Veterans Organizations in Discrimination Suit Against VA

The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) jointly filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, for ignoring a petition on behalf of the thousands of veterans suffering from PTSD related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) caused by military rape, harassment and/or assault.
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February 11, 2014

YLS Clinics Challenge ICE Detention Policy; Judge Certifies Statewide Class Action

YLS Clinical students representing a New Haven resident and veterans currently detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement obtained a class action certification in federal court.
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December 18, 2013

MFIA Clinic Files Lawsuit to Compel Disclosure of Documents Related to International Intellectual Property Trade Negotiations

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, part of Yale ISP, has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Trade Representative seeking to compel meaningful disclosure regarding the secret negotiations over the intellectual property rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
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December 13, 2013

Yale Law School Sets Record with Seven Students, Alumni Awarded Skadden Fellowships

Seven Yale Law School students and alumni have been awarded prestigious Skadden Public Interest Fellowships, setting a new record for the most fellowships awarded in a single year.
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December 6, 2013

Yale Law Clinic Scores Legal Victory in Battle Over Quality Education in Connecticut

Yale Law clinic students scored a victory in court when a state trial judge rejected a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit challenging the adequacy and equity of education provided in Connecticut's public schools.
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November 12, 2013

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Deported U.S. Veteran

Students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on behalf of a recently deported U.S. Army veteran battling to return home to his family.

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September 18, 2013

Yale Law Clinic Continues Fight for Quality Education Access in Connecticut

Students from the Education Adequacy Project Clinic are advocating for the right of all schoolchildren to have access to an adequate education.
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August 16, 2013

Veterans Legal Services Clinic, Sen. Richard Blumenthal ’73 call on VA to Grant Equal Rights to Same-Sex Veteran Couples

Students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and Senator Richard Blumenthal '73 hold a press conference to call on Veterans Affairs to grant equal rights to same-sex veterans couples.
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August 6, 2013

New Report Holds U.N. Responsible for Haitian Cholera Epidemic

Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health release report containing the first comprehensive analysis of the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
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July 3, 2013

Yale Law School Clinic Represents Veterans in Petition to VA

Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic has petitioned the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create new regulations governing the adjudication of disability claims for veterans who were raped or sexually assaulted in the military.
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June 18, 2013

Names of Guantanamo Detainees Released After FOIA Request Filed by Yale Law School’s MFIA Clinic

The Obama administration approves the release of records identifying Guantanamo Bay detainees following a FOIA request from the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School.
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May 23, 2013

Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic Publishes Second Report on Effects of Youth Sentenced as Adults

The Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School has published a new report, I’m Going to Move Forward: Stories of Change from Men Imprisoned as Children in Connecticut.
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April 22, 2013

Yale Law School Congratulates Public Interest Fellowship Recipients for 2013-2014

Forty-two students and recent graduates have been named recipients of public interest fellowships for 2013-2014.
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April 3, 2013

YLS and Quinnipiac Student Clinics Publish New Report on Youth Serving Long Prison Sentences

Students from the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at YLS and the Civil Justice Clinic at Quinnipiac University School of Law have published a report on Connecticut's children serving long prison sentences.
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March 22, 2013

Student Clinic Works to Prepare Historic Proposition 8 Case for High Court

Students from Yale Law School’s San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) describe their experiences working on landmark same-sex marriage case.
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March 22, 2013

U.N. Hypocrisy in Haiti—A Commentary by Muneer I. Ahmad and Charanya Krishnaswami ’13

Muneer I. Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Charanya Krishnaswami ’13 is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.
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January 4, 2013

Media Freedom Clinic Files FOIA Suit Against DEA for Footage of Raid That Killed Dozens

The Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic has brought a Freedom of Information Act action against the Drug Enforcement Administration to compel the agency to release aerial surveillance footage of a 2010 raid in Jamaica that led to the deaths of more than 70 civilians, including one U.S. citizen.
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January 2, 2013

Journalist Bill McMichael and Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic Prevail Over Department of Defense in FOIA Case

In a victory for students in the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, a federal judge has rejected an attempt by the Department of Defense to shield investigatory records from review under the Freedom of Information Act.
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December 3, 2012

Veterans Clinic Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Vietnam Vets with PTSD Denied Honorable Discharges

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Vietnam veterans who were denied honorable discharges due to undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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October 2, 2012

City and CED Clinic Rank Banks in First-Ever New Haven Community Impact Report Card

The City of New Haven and the Community and Economic Development Clinic at Yale Law School have released the first-ever New Haven Community Impact Report Card that ranks banks operating in the City on 30 categories.
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July 19, 2012

Report from Yale Human Rights Clinic Finds U.S. Government Contractors Continue to Traffic and Abuse Foreign Workers in Iraq and Afghanistan

Yale Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic has released a report on the ongoing trafficking and abuse of foreign workers hired every year through U.S. government contracts to work in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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June 7, 2012

Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy Q&A with Bruce Ho, Who Will Join YLS as a Clinical Visiting Lecturer

The Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy has a Q&A with Bruce Ho, who will join YLS on July 1 as a clinical visiting lecturer in law.
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May 24, 2012

Fiona Doherty ’99 to Join Law School Faculty in July as Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Fiona Doherty ’99 will join the Yale Law faculty in July 2012 as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law.
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May 23, 2012

JUNTA and Yale Law School Release Report on Remittance Practices in New Haven’s Immigrant Community

Junta for Progressive Action and Yale Law School’s Transnational Development Clinic have released a first-of-its kind study of remittance and banking practices among immigrants in New Haven.
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March 28, 2012

Veterans Clinic Assists Vietnam Veterans of America in Obtaining Records That Reveal Hundreds of Illegal Personality Disorder Discharges

The YLS Veterans Legal Services Clinic represented the Vietnam Veterans of America in federal Freedom of Information litigation to obtain records that reveal the military has executed hundreds of illegal Personality Disorder discharges.
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March 19, 2012

Symposium March 28 on “Interpreting Federal Statutes: The Dysfunctional Dialogue between the Courts and Congress”

The Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic will sponsor a symposium on March 28, 2012, titled “Interpreting Federal Statutes: The Dysfunctional Dialogue between the Courts and Congress.”
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February 8, 2012

Emily Bazelon ’00 and Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic Win Access to Settlement Agreement in Phoebe Prince Case

In a victory for both Yale Law fellow and lecturer Emily Bazelon ’00 and Yale Law School clinic students, a Massachusetts Superior Court recently ordered disclosure of a settlement agreement between the town of South Hadley, Mass., and the family of a teenager whose 2010 suicide after being bullied at school attracted national news attention.
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December 6, 2011

Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic Wins Access to Emails Between NYC Mayor’s Office and Former City Schools Chancellor

In a victory for freedom of information and Yale Law School clinic students, the New York Supreme Court on Nov. 23 ordered the disclosure of emails between New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office and a controversial former New York City schools chancellor.
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December 6, 2011

Community and Economic Development Clinic Instrumental in Completing Shopping Center Buyout

Students from the Community and Economic Development Clinic at Yale Law School recently helped their client achieve a 14-year-old dream of becoming the sole owner of a shopping plaza on Whalley Avenue in New Haven.
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December 5, 2011

For Papuans, Obama Visit to ASEAN Summit Brings Home Heavy Price of Indonesia's Economic Development Plans—A Commentary by Jim Silk ’89, Amanda Elbogen ’13, Stephanie Keene ’12 and Stephanie Safdi ’12

Jim Silk ’89 is Clinical Professor of Law in Yale Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and Executive Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. Amanda Elbogen ’13, Stephanie Keene ’12 and Stephanie Safdi ’12 are J.D. candidates at Yale Law School.
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November 18, 2011

Victory for Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic as Appeals Court Upholds Online Anonymity

The Illinois Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court ruling ordering the disclosure of the identity of a person who had criticized a political candidate on a newspaper website.
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October 13, 2011

Veterans Clinic Representing Navy Veteran Suing for Benefits, Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School is representing a navy veteran suing for veterans’ benefits she claims were denied because of her same-sex marriage.
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September 30, 2011

Enough Project Co-founder and Human Rights Activist John Prendergast to Share His Experiences With Yale Community

Enough Project co-founder and human rights activist John Prendergast will be at Yale in October and November speaking about his efforts to end genocide and promote peace.
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September 21, 2011

Transnational Development Clinic Helps Hundreds of Connecticut Factory Workers Gain Access to Job Training and Income Assistance

Hundreds of laid-off Connecticut factory workers have won access to critical job training and income support with legal assistance from Yale Law School's Transnational Development Clinic.
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August 3, 2011

Report from Yale Human Rights Team Finds Cambodian Garment Factories Use Short-Term Employment Contracts to Exploit Workers

The Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School has released a report finding that Cambodian garment factories use short-term employment contracts to exploit workers.
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June 10, 2011

Lowenstein Clinic Students Play Key Role in Jesuits Massacre Case Indictments

Students in the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic played a key role in the recent indictment of 20 former members of the El Salvadoran military.
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April 1, 2011

Transnational Development Clinic to Host Panel Discussion on Street Vendor Rights

On April 7, 2011, the Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion on the conditions and legal challenges faced by street vendors around the world.
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January 31, 2011

Clinic Students Urge Justice for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Southern Sudan

The Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic recently completed a study of gender-based violence in southern Sudan.
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December 17, 2010

Professor Jean Koh Peters to Discuss Dignity, Voice, Story in Jan. 24 Inaugural Lecture

Jean Koh Peters will present her inaugural lecture as the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law on January 24, 2011.
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December 14, 2010

CED Clinic Goes to Washington, Uses Local Experience to Find Solutions to the National Foreclosure Crisis

Yale Law School can add the mortgage foreclosure crisis to the long list of critical issues its students have had the opportunity to get involved in.
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November 12, 2010

Morris Tyler Moot Court to Hear YLS Clinic Case, Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, at Finals December 6

The finals of the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals will be held December 6 in the Yale Law School Auditorium.
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November 11, 2010

MFIA and New York Times Win FOIA Case; Ruling Clarifies Law Surrounding Personal Privacy Exemption

Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum and The New York Times prevailed in a New York Federal District Court when a Magistrate Judge granted a motion for summary judgment in a Freedom of Information Act suit.
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October 4, 2010

New YLS Clinic Offers Legal Assistance to Connecticut Veterans

Yale Law School has launched a new clinic to train students to address the needs of Connecticut’s military veterans.
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September 30, 2010

Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic to Work with Legal Team Supporting Victims of Khmer Rouge Atrocities

Members of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic have joined the legal team for the survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide seeking justice at the trial next year of four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders.
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September 2, 2010

Students Play Key Role in Historic Proposition 8 Marriage Case; Le Coney '10 Shares Thoughts on Experience

Yale Law students in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project played an important role in the Proposition 8 marriage case in California.
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July 22, 2010

MFIA Wins Appeal Seeking Access to Sealed Records; Ruling Guarantees Strong Protections for Newsgatherers

Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum scored a victory in July when a New York state appellate court ruled in the case Mosallem v. Berenson.
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July 14, 2010

Student Involvement in Supreme Court Case Inspires New Ethics Clinic

A new ethics clinic to be offered at Yale Law School was inspired in part by the efforts of two Yale Law students who helped research an amicus brief in a recent Supreme Court case.
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April 1, 2010

Yale Law Students, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Team Up To Help Haitian Earthquake Refugees

Students from Yale Law School’s clinical programs and attorneys from the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center recently teamed up to assist more than a dozen Haitian refugees being held indefinitely at a detention center in South Florida.
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March 1, 2010

YLS Students Supporting Small Pacific Islands in their Quest for Action on Climate Change

Yale’s Environmental Protection Clinic has partnered with Islands First to help small Pacific islands in their quest for action on climate change.
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January 18, 2010

Yale Law School Mourns the Death of Professor Emeritus Daniel J. Freed ’51

Yale Law School Professor Emeritus Daniel J. Freed ’51, a pioneer in the criminal justice process and a key figure in the development of clinical education at the Law School, died January 17, 2010, at age 82.
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August 28, 2009

Supreme Court Clinic hosts DC Conference

The Yale Law School Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and the Yale Law Journal Online will host a half-day conference, "Important Questions of Federal Law: Assessing the Supreme Court's Case Selection Process,” on September 18, 2009.
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February 3, 2009

YLS Supreme Court Clinic Wins Its First Case

Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic achieved its first victory before the High Court in January in the case, Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee.
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January 11, 2008

YLS Clinic Argues Case in U.S. Supreme Court January 15

Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Clinic presents its oral argument in United States v. Rodriquez on January 15.
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March 27, 2007

CED Clinic Provides Website, Other Services to Local Home for Elderly

Yale Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic has helped The Hannah Gray Residential Care Home launch a new website and has provided a number of other services to the Home.
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February 2, 2007

YLS Supreme Court Clinic Submits Merits Brief in <i>Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation</i> Case

On February 2, 2007, Yale Law School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic filed a merits brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a high-profile Establishment Clause case, Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation.
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November 30, 2006

CED Clinic Helps Client Break Ground for New Senior Housing

On November 14, 2006, St. Luke’s Senior Housing, Inc.—a client of the Community and Economic Development (CED) Clinic—broke ground on Josephine Jarvis Gray Senior Housing in New Haven’s Dixwell neighborhood.
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November 28, 2006

Law School Clinic Sues Department of Homeland Security

Yale Law School’s Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic National Litigation Project sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court in New Haven last Tuesday, seeking records of a program known as “Operation Front Line.”
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Stemming the Spiral of Foreclosures: Fighting to Change Big Bank Policy and Connecticut Law
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