Madison College Legal Clinic Removes Barriers to Education, Employment for Students and Community | Higher Education
Lawyers can help clients face-to-face, online, or in a hybrid format, when a client without reliable Wi-Fi comes to the college’s Goodman South campus for a Zoom meeting with an attorney.
The most common requests for help relate to child support and family law, followed by immigration matters, Kropp said.
Requests slowed in the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have since picked up. Since the eviction moratorium was lifted earlier this year, the clinic has answered many other questions related to rent and landlord-tenant issues.
No MATC staff provides legal advice. Instead, help comes from Legal Action of Wisconsin attorneys or local attorneys offering their services for free. Students in the Legal / Paralegal Studies program, led by Kropp, can intern or volunteer at the clinic, giving them experience in legal research, document preparation, and writing.
Lyvia Skroblin, who started the Legal / Paralegal Studies program this semester, does an internship at the clinic for 15 hours each week. The work has been significant, she said, especially in the thanksgiving cases, because “you really see the essence of the person” when conducting such in-depth reviews of individuals and their cases.
âEvery time I see a client he tells me how important the clinic’s work is and how we are helping them have better lives,â she said.