Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic
Professors Steve Silton and Tom Wallrich launched the Bankruptcy Clinic in the spring of 2010. The clinic provides pro bono bankruptcy services to persons financially unable to retain counsel. Clients are referred to the clinic through Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN). We do not receive self-referrals. The clinic also collaborates with the social work and psychological services programs at the University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center.
We offer a comprehensive clinical legal program that provides classroom session on bankruptcy law and guidance through one or two practical bankruptcy situations in the representation of real clients. Students practice under the student practice rules of Federal court and under the guidance of local bankruptcy attorneys. Students have appeared in court, and in front of the bankruptcy judges, argued motions, defended depositions, participated in settlement negotiations, and counseled clients on the litigation risks. Jury trials in Bankruptcy Court are a possibility as well. (1 semester, 3 credits)