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About the Civil Justice Clinic

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The Civil Justice Clinic represents a unique partnership between Duke Law and Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). Working under the supervision of Clinic Director Charles Holton ’73, Supervising Attorney Jesse McCoy, and staff attorneys in LANC’s Durham office, students directly represent clients in matters relating to housing, benefits, and protection from domestic violence, among others. Doing so allows them to develop practical litigation skills that are transferable to a wide range of cases and practice areas, while addressing the critical lack of legal representation among low-income North Carolinians.

Students appear as primary counsel before courts and administrative agencies and work with teams of attorneys and peers on other cases. During a weekly seminar at the Law School, they discuss techniques and strategy as well as substantive law relevant to their caseloads.

Clinic faculty

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Charles Holton

Director and Clinical Professor of Law

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Charles Holton ’73 is a litigator and senior counsel at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Research Triangle Park, where he was a partner for many years. As director of the Civil Justice Clinic he teaches a seminar and mentors students in basic civil litigation skills and oversees their handling of actual cases for clients who are not able to obtain adequate representation in the civil justice system, collaborating closely with lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC).  He also teaches Arbitration: Law and Practice and coaches the Law School's Vis Moot team which competes each year in an international arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria.

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Jesse McCoy

Supervising Attorney and James Scott Farrin Lecturing Fellow

 

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Jesse McCoy teaches a seminar course, mentors students in developing and improving basic civil litigation skills, and oversees their handling of cases for indigent clients who are often unable to obtain adequate representation in the traditional civil justice system through the clinic’s partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). A Durham native, he has litigated cases in a variety of practice areas including criminal defense, personal injury, public housing evictions and voucher terminations, landlord-tenant matters, and foreclosure defense.

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For clients
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If you have a need for civil legal services in the Durham area, contact Clinic Director Charles Holton at (919) 613-7131 or Supervising Attorney Jesse McCoy at (919) 613-6936 and we will determine whether you meet the clinic’s acceptance criteria.