The Litigation and Advocacy clinic concentrates on legal services in family law (including violence protection, custody, support, divorce and adoption), social security, and other public benefits, property issues, consumer debt relief, bankruptcy, and other cases of educational value.
Students often appear in state and federal courts throughout West Virginia.
To be eligible for clinic services clients must be low income and have a case for which they cannot afford to hire a lawyer.
Students win federal Clemency Project cases
Students from the Litigation and Advocacy clinic and the West Virginia Innocence Project are participating in the national federal Clemency Project. Through an initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice, cases are being evaluated for sentence reduction and clinic students have taken on a substantial number of these reviews. Three clients were granted clemency by President Obama in 2016.