By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
A new $500,000 grant coupled with other funding sources could mean a new home for Duquesne University School of Law’s clinical programs as early as the start of the next academic year, the school said Tuesday.
The law school received the $500,000 grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, an initiative administered by the Pennsylvania Office of the Budget that was developed for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic and historical improvement projects, the university said.
“The RACP funding, when matched with Duquesne University’s financial commitment to the project, will allow us to move forward immediately, hopefully in time to relocate to the new clinic quarters by the beginning of next academic year,” Duquesne Law Dean Ken Gormley said in a statement.
In addition to the RACP grant, the law school received a $250,000 grant in November from the Allegheny County Redevelopment Authority to help purchase equipment and furnishings for the new clinic.
Located at 914 Fifth Ave. in Pittsburgh, the new site for the clinical education program will include client meeting rooms; nearly double the space of the existing law clinic; a conference room for hosting meetings with judges and practicing attorneys; and a moot court room equipped with the latest technology.
The law school’s seven clinical programs — which benefit underserved families, individuals and communities — address the areas of civil rights, community enterprise, federal practice, pro se motions, unemployment, urban development and veterans. The clinic also provides real-estate-related services including general real estate matters, title searches, negotiation and drafting of agreements, preparation of land use cases, zoning issues, mortgage foreclosure matters, property tax assessment appeals, appellate land use practice and participating in public meetings.
“The new clinic, located in the Uptown community, will enable the law school and our students to directly deliver much-needed legal services to citizens in the community,” Gormley said in the statement. “This will enrich our law students’ experience by giving them hands-on training handling real clients and resolving real problems. It will simultaneously enrich the community by allowing Duquesne’s School of Law to become a partner in revitalizing the Uptown corridor by providing services in a key, accessible area of the city.”