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Community Justice Clinic Update

The Community Justice Clinic continued its legal services to nonprofits, NGOs, and community organizations devoted to human rights, economic development, social justice, and conservation in the US and abroad. Meeting and practicing remotely, CJC students engaged with these organizational clients who are adapting their work, too.

This semester CJC students have counseled a small, organic farm with policies that empower its workers in corporate governance. They are drafting policies that will help mediators get back to work in small-claims courts. They have assisted with tax-exemption applications for a nonprofit extending youth sports in developing nations and poor communities in Southern California. They have begun a major research survey to catalog anti-trafficking and anti-slavery laws in every nation in the Americas alongside partner clinics in Brazil and Colombia. They have provided counsel and research of a nonprofit promoting human rights in the US. They have advanced the CSOL's work on disaster relief through corporate legal services to a nonprofit building sustainable, responsive networks in great LA. They have contributed research to clients strengthening civil society organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Bangladesh. They have continued a long-term project with a client to promote sustainable agriculture throughout the US. They have worked with multiple clients addressing homelessness and the housing crisis in California, and they have helped establish a new youth-empowerment initiative in Los Angeles.

Students and clients in the Community Justice Clinic have adapted to remote work and practice with professionalism, creativity, and a passion for justice.

Professor Jeff Baker directs the Community Justice Clinic and supervises students' work.

For more information, visit: https://law.pepperdine.edu/experiential-learning/clinical-education/clinics/community-justice-clinic/.