Students enrolled in the University of Memphis Housing Adjudication Clinic are presented
with the unique opportunity to study law and lawyering from the standpoint of the
administrative law judge rather than that of direct client representative. During
the course of this intensive, one-semester clinical program, students will participate
in a twice-weekly seminar designed to survey federal fair housing law, provide valuable
exposure to administrative law and procedure, and hone essential legal skills. The
seminar portion of the course will complement the clinical segment, in which students
will be assigned to investigate, research, hear, adjudicate, and issue written opinions
ruling on administrative appeals involving participants in the Memphis Housing Authority’s
Housing Choice Voucher Program who have challenged adverse decisions affecting their
eligibility for or amounts of public housing assistance they are receiving.
As they study the substantive and administrative aspects of housing law, Housing Adjudication
Clinic students will continue to enhance the critical skills in research and writing,
communication, problem-solving, strategy, and persuasion that prepare them to address
the multidimensional needs of clients and serve the legal community in other capacities.
Important values informing these skills will be fostered through a continuous critique
of the justice system and an ongoing dialogue about the ethical and professional responsibilities
of judges and lawyers.
Faculty: Daniel M. Schaffzin, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs and Externships