The Community Justice Clinic serves non-profit, religious or community organizations who are working to promote justice and develop opportunities and resources for vulnerable, underserved people and communities. Clients may serve local, national or international communities or populations, and their work should be devoted to serving people who are poor or who cannot access resources, services or opportunities necessary for justice and well-being.
Students in the Community Justice Clinic study the substantive law related to the formation and governance of non-profit organizations in California and rules of professional, ethical practice with organizations. Students train to interview, counsel and represent clients and explore dynamics of organizational clients, community organizations and cultural competence.
Under the supervision of Prof. Jeffrey Baker, students bear primary responsibility for legal services to clients and are responsible for communicating with and on behalf of clients when necessary and appropriate. Every aspect of the casework is managed by Clinic students, including client communication, research, writing, case evaluation and analysis, drafting and advocacy.
This course includes a weekly seminar component in which students learn the law relevant to non-profits and other community organizations, discuss theories of evaluation, counseling, organization and advocacy in the clients' contexts, causes and communities. The seminar component also includes case-rounds in which students present and discuss their clients and work. After case selection and initial study and training, the seminar is a forum for group discussion and decision-making regarding the cases and projects, and may also be used for moot exercises, client meetings and practicing presentations.
The Clinic collaborates with community organizations, non-profits, religious bodies, multidisciplinary professionals and clients. Our partners and clients are local, national and global, and the Clinic works to amplify and magnify our clients' capacity to serve with excellence.
For more information about the Community Justice Clinic, please contact Professor Jeffrey Baker at (310) 506-6350 or e-mail at Jeff.firstname.lastname@example.org