The Urban Revitalization Initiative offers students the opportunity to work to alleviate some of the most severe aspects of urban poverty, with a particular emphasis on education and housing.
To fulfill its mission the project works in conjunction with several Center for Social Justice clinics as well as a range of legal and policy experts, advocacy groups, and grassroots community organizations such as the Urban Justice Center and the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. In addition to addressing the issues surrounding poverty, the project’s goal is to provide students with an understanding of transactions and political advocacy, in addition to gaining valuable litigation skills.
The Civil Litigation Clinic students represent indigent clients through all phases of the civil litigation process in matters involving consumer fraud, civil rights, fair housing and other issues. Under the supervision of skilled and experienced law professors, students in the Clinic interview and counsel actual clients; draft pleadings, motions and briefs; appear before judges in federal and state court; argue motions, conduct depositions, hearings and trials; and engage in settlement negotiations and arbitration hearings.
Center for Social Justice faculty and the students they supervise change the lives of countless individuals through their work on a wide range of legal, social, and public policy issues. Here is a sampling of some of their recent work.
Urban Education and Policy Initiative – Highlighting the challenges of an urban education system and advancing solutions.
Emerging Issues in Subprime & Predatory Lending Research – Outlining the complexities of the issues involved in the credit crisis.
New Jersey Law and Education Empowerment Project (NJ LEEP) – Creating a college-bound pathway for urban youth.
Predatory Lending Litigation - Information on the class action suit against Newark real estate developer.