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NIU Law Health Advocacy Clinic Garners Significant Media Coverage

The opening of the NIU College of Law Health Advocacy Clinic on October 30, 2014 in Aurora, IL has drawn a great deal of attention from news outlets. A story on the opening first appeared in the Aurora Beacon-News and was soon after picked up by the Chicago Tribune. Further publication came from the MidWeek newspaper of DeKalb, IL, and the story is receiving continual propagation in the online media, as well, having appeared on the Association of American Law Schools' website, in both an individual item and the "Around the Nation" feature of the National Jurist's preLaw magazine, and in the Law School Nation section of the February 2015 edition of ABA Student Lawyer.

The new NIU Law Health Advocacy Clinic is a medical-legal partnership between Northern Illinois University College of Law, Aunt Martha’s Health Center, and Hesed House Community Resource Center. Hesed House is the second largest shelter for homeless individuals and their families in the state of Illinois, and the largest such shelter outside of Chicago. Aunt Martha’s Health Center is a health care and social service agency that has earned a national reputation for meeting the needs of children, youth and families. 

The Health Advocacy Clinic is the school’s fourth legal clinic. In addition, NIU Law currently has two clinical programs housed in its Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic in Rockford, Illinois.  The Civil Justice Clinic has served more than 2,000 clients in the Winnebago County area since its founding in 2001, and provided opportunities for over 300 NIU law students to work cases in the areas of elder law, domestic abuse, adult criminal, and mediation. In 2011, the Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic expanded its program to include a Criminal Defense Clinic.  The school’s Foreclosure Mediation Clinic, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, is part of a community engagement project to address the residential foreclosure crisis in Kane County, Illinois. It is a joint effort between NIU Law, the Kane County Courts, Resolution Systems Institute – a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening justice by enhancing court Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems, Prairie State Legal Services – a provider of legal services to low-income families and groups, and several other community partners.


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(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu

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