City’s Law School Aims to Help Locals with Debt Issues Through Bankruptcy Project

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 10, 2014

CONTACT:
Brook Arbeitman
Director of Marketing and Communications
Oklahoma City University School of Law
(405) 208-6300
bbarbeitman@okcu.edu

(OKLAHOMA CITY – April 10, 2014) – Oklahoma City University School of Law is launching the Bankruptcy Project for the Western District of Oklahoma, a joint venture that provides law students with practical experience while offering free services to Oklahomans facing potential legal issues.

“Our goal is always to produce practice-ready attorneys upon graduation,” said Dean Valerie K. Couch. “Providing as many practical experiences as possible allows our students not only to learn the doctrinal aspects of the law, but gives them the experience of working with clients, attorneys and judges in real-world situations. The Bankruptcy Project is another means to get our students out of the classroom and into the courtroom to help real people with real needs.”

The Bankruptcy Project for the Western District of Oklahoma is a collaborative effort between the Bankruptcy Court, volunteer attorneys and the School of Law. Students, operating under a limited representation agreement, will meet with debtors and potential debtors at the Oklahoma County Courthouse once a month and provide general bankruptcy advice ranging from preliminary filing information to basic chapter 13 issues. All of the services are offered pro bono to pro se parties referred by participating bankruptcy judges, the court clerk’s office, Trinity Legal Services or Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.

“It is incredibly important that we instill in our future attorneys a call to service,” said Dean Couch. “This project, along with our Pro Se Divorce Docket project, provides a service to a group of people who would otherwise be representing themselves in court. Unfortunately, there are many people who need legal representation but cannot afford an attorney. That’s where we can help fill a void.”

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