Duquesne U. opens roomier legal clinic
Duquesne University's School of Law on Thursday opened a new, larger legal clinic for low-income residents.
Law School Dean Ken Gormley said the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education, located on Fifth Avenue across from Consol Energy Center, will be able to help more people than the clinic at Fisher Hall on campus. Law students provided free services to more than 400 people last year under the direction of faculty and staff.
“There obviously needs to be more assistance for people who need legal aid but can't afford it,” said third-year law student Terence Hanna, 27, who worked in the clinic last summer.
Students counsel clients in a variety of areas, including civil rights, family law and unemployment compensation, and assist people referred to them through Allegheny County's veterans' courts.
Joseph S. Mistick, an associate professor of law who founded Duquesne's first legal clinic 20 years ago in the basement of the law library, recalled how he and a partner practiced law in the early 1980s in the clinic's new home.
“It was an extraordinary experience to see this come together,” Mistick said as Gormley led Gov. Tom Corbett and a host of elected officials on a tour.
The clinic is nearly twice as large as its predecessor and includes client meeting rooms, a conference room and a “moot” courtroom equipped with video technology so students can review their performance.
Laurie Serafino, an associate professor of law and director of clinical education at Duquesne, said the clinic should help the university grow its services in the Uptown community.
The facility was funded in part through a $500,000 gift from Duquesne alum Tom Tribone, chief executive officer of Franklin Park Investments; a $500,000 state grant; and a $250,000 county grant.
Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7996 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.