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NIU Law Clinical Students Complete
Quiet Title Case

On Friday, February 19, 2016, students from the NIU College of Law's Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic concluded a complex quiet title case in which they represented one of the parties for almost 5 years. Their representation was the client's last resort for legal assistance as legal aid turned down her request for assistance.

There were multiple pleadings filed by all of the parties in the case including complaints, amended complaints, counter-claims, amended counter-claims, third-party complaint, and numerous pre-trial motions. There were two parcels of property involved in the litigation; one in Winnebago County and the other in Ogle County. Over the course of the litigation, there were five law students involved in the representation. They drafted pleadings and motions, and argued them before the court. In addition, one of the students was involved in negotiations and drafting a settlement agreement.

The case was decided in the trial court prior to trial by motions to dismiss and a negotiated agreement with some of the parties, was appealed to the court of appeals, and remanded on one remaining issue back to the trial court. The one remaining issue was dismissed with prejudice following a motion hearing.

As a result of the clinic students' representation, their client is able to remain living in her home for the rest of her life and owes no monetary damages.

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