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Lawyers can help clients face-to-face, online, or in a hybrid format where a client without reliable WiFi comes to a Zoom meeting with an attorney on the college’s Goodman South campus.
The most common requests for help concern child support and family law, followed by immigration issues, said Kropp.
Inquiries slowed down in the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but have increased since then. Since the eviction moratorium was lifted at the beginning of the year, the clinic has dealt with many other questions in connection with tenant and landlord-tenant questions.
No MATC employee offers legal advice. Instead, help comes from Legal Action of Wisconsin attorneys or local attorneys who offer their services for free. Students of the law / paralegal course, which Kropp heads, can complete internships or volunteer positions in the clinic, which give them experience in legal research, and document creation and creation.
Lyvia Skroblin, an intern as a paralegal at Legal Action, works with a client in the clinic.
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Lyvia Skroblin, who started her law studies this semester, is an intern in the clinic for 15 hours a week. The work made sense, she said, especially the cases involving pardons, because “you really get to know the essence of the person” when you do such extensive reviews of people and their cases.
“Every time a client comes to me, they tell me how important the clinic’s work is and how we can help them lead a better life,” she said.