Debt Relief Clinic Receives Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service
The Debt Relief Clinic at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus was recently honored by the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. The Debt Relief Clinic provides legal counseling and representation to underserved indigent communities in the Tampa Bay area.
The school was nominated by a member of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit’s Pro Bono Committee. The nomination emphasized the substantial population of self-represented bankruptcy filers in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida as well as the resources the Debt Relief Clinic provides. Christine Laney, a WMU-Cooley graduate, and current student Christine Pytlinkski, who both participated in the Debt Relief Clinic, accepted the award alongside Tampa Bay Campus Assistant Dean Ronald Sutton.
Since its inception in 2014, the Debt Relief Clinic contributed approximately 5,400 hours to assisting indigent communities on various issues impacting those communities. In 2015, the Debt Relief Clinic assisted more than 100 clients with bankruptcy matters and contributed more than 1,300 hours of student intern time to bankruptcy matters.
About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.