University of Detroit Mercy School of Law is expanding its clinical program with the creation of a new Housing Law Clinic opening in May 2017. The Clinic is funded for 2017-2018 by a recent grant from the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
The new Housing Law Clinic will function in partnership with an existing walk-in clinic operated by United Community Housing Clinic and Michigan Legal Services at the 36th District Court in Detroit. Ted Phillips, Executive Director of United Community Housing Coalition, will direct and supervise the new Housing Law Clinic. Law students working under the direction of Mr. Phillips as well as other on-site attorneys will provide free legal services to individuals facing eviction proceedings in the 36th District Court. The grant supports the creation of this new legal aid clinic and the purchase of a copy machine for the existing walk-in clinic at the courthouse.
Clinical Director and Assistant Professor Anne Yantus is delighted with the support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. “We are grateful to the Michigan State Bar Foundation for recognizing the need for more housing assistance for Detroit residents. We look forward to having our students learn about housing issues while they represent Detroit residents in their housing law matters. The goal is to expand the services of the existing clinic while also providing invaluable experiential learning for our students,” Yantus said.
The Michigan State Bar Foundation’s funding for this project does not constitute an endorsement of any content or opinion expressed in it.