The Duquesne University School of Law Center for the Bill of Rights Clinic will receive the first President’s Award for Outstanding Community and Legal Support for the underrepresented at the NAACP Pittsburgh Chapter’s annual human rights dinner on Thursday, May 7.
“The Pittsburgh Chapter of the NAACP is truly grateful for all the legal expertise that has been provided by the member of the Duquesne University School of Law, Hugo Black Law Clinic, specifically the Center for Bill of Rights Clinic,” wrote M. Gayle Moss, chapter president. “Teaming with the Duquesne University School of Law, Hugo Black Law Clinic, specifically the Center for the Bill of Rights Clinic, has proven to be one of the NAACP’s greatest experiences and partnerships over the last 10 years.”
Last year, the Duquesne law school and Pittsburgh NAACP forged a venture to strengthen and sustain the NAACP’s complain intake and referral system for civil rights and other legal complaints. The collaboration was a first for the NAACP nationwide.
Students enrolled in the clinic regularly work with and train NAACP board members, volunteer staff and consultants at the organization’s Hill District office. Together, they evaluate complaints that have been referred to the clinic through the NAACP’s screening process. They are refining and systematizing the organization’s current complaint intake, investigation and referral process. Law students also developed a computer database and desk reference to further support the NAACP’s intake process.
Professor Margaret K. Krasik is director of clinical legal education at Duquesne, and Tracey McCants Lewis is assistant director. A team of supervising attorneys and students contribute to the efforts of the Hugo Black Law Clinic.