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Pepperdine/Union Rescue Mission Family Law Clinic

The Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic serves the homeless population of downtown Los Angeles. The Clinic is housed in the Union Rescue Mission (URM), one of the largest homeless shelters in Los Angeles. While participating in the Clinic, student law clerks receive training and provide legal assistance to the many homeless and formerly homeless men and women in the "skid row" area. Clients, referred by URM and other area missions, shelters and rehabilitation programs, receive assistance with parentage, custody, visitation and child support matters. The Clinic seeks to work alongside program participants who are working hard to better their lives and reconnect their families.

Students participating in the Clinic see clients' cases through from start to finish, under the supervision of full time Clinical faculty. In addition to classroom training, the students' experience is enriched by opportunities to interview clients, investigate cases, communicate with opposing parties, negotiate settlements, draft motions and contracts, and represent clients in court proceedings.

For further information about the Pepperdine/Union Rescue Mission Family Law Clinic, please contact Professor Brittany Stringfellow Otey at (213) 347-6300 x4413 or e-mail her at