Poverty Law in Practice Welcomes Practicing Lawyers

Land and WaterSpace is still available for practicing lawyers in Poverty Law in Practice, a six-week course that welcomes both law students and lawyers to learn about basic substantive laws and procedures associated with services most often requested by under-served people.

The class begins on Jan. 27 and will take place on consecutive Fridays, from 1:15-4:15 p.m. Lawyers will earn three CLE credits for each class, or 18 for the entire course. Law Access New Mexico will pay the tuition for lawyers who complete the entire course, with one caveat: that they represent two pro bono clients during a calendar year.

Areas to be covered initially will include: benefits law (social security benefits--SSDI/SSI, Medicaid, LIHEAP, etc.), landlord-tenant/ public housing, consumer debt collection practices and used-car sales fraud.

Professor John Feldman (`89), coordinator of the law school’s alternative dispute resolution program, will coordinate the class and Sandi Gilley (`86) of Law Access New Mexico, will be the lead instructor. Local attorneys with expertise in the relevant areas of law will also assist in instruction.

Lawyers interested in signing up for the course should contact Joshua Chappell at 505.944.7167, ext. 124, or email him at Joshua@lawaccess.org.

More information is available in this video presentation

January 24, 2012