Civil Clinic Outreach
Each semester, up to 5 students in the Civil Clinic are selected to be involved in the Advance Directive Clinic (ADC) Project. The concept of the ADC Project is to pre-draft, and then execute on-site, one or more of the following documents: a simple will, a durable power of attorney instrument, a health care power of attorney instrument, and a living will. The ADC purposes are two-fold: to provide free, limited estate planning services to senior citizens, and to provide Clinic students an opportunity to build competency in client communication and interaction, legal problem solving, and drafting and executing common estate planning documents. ADC students are typically assigned 3 to 6 clients. From start to finish, the intake, drafting and execution of the documents takes approximately four weeks, concluding with a visit to the selected Senior Center to meet with the clients and execute the documents.
At the present time, the Civil Clinic contracts with individual Area Agencies on Aging to provide ADCs. The availability and location of future ADCs will be announced in local media and at local Senior Centers. Currently, there are ADCs scheduled for McCook in the fall of 2016, for Fremont in the spring of 2017, and in the Scottsbluff area for the summer of 2017.
Tenants' Rights Project
Begun in the fall of 2016, the Tenants’ Rights Project was created with a mission to improve leasing conditions on behalf of tenants, and find ways to educate and help tenants enforce their rights under Nebraska landlord and tenant law. Through working with numerous landlord-tenant clients, the Civil Clinic recognized a need in the surrounding community to strive to bring landlords into compliance with the Nebraska Residential Landlord Tenant Act. The Tenants’ Rights Project currently works to improve leasing conditions on behalf of tenants through education and outreach, and continues to explore various opportunities and options to engage with and aid tenants to enforce their rights under Nebraska law.