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Beginning in 1947, the Clinical Program at the Dedman School of Law was among the country’s first to sponsor a community legal clinic. Today, it remains a national model of excellence. The Program has evolved over the years, reflecting changing perspectives in legal education and innovation in legal practice. However, at its core, the Program remains committed to the ideals that shaped it from its inception: public service, professional responsibility, and outstanding skills training. The Program now encompasses six specialized clinics.

Clinics & Projects


Civil Clinic
Represents low-income clients in matters ranging from housing disputes to elder advocacy to civil rights litigation.

Criminal Justice Clinic
Represents Dallas county citizens charged with criminal offenses. Works with the Dallas Public Defender’s Office and provides students with jury trial experience.

Federal Taxpayers Clinic
Represents low-income taxpayers needing to resolve tax problems with the Audit, Appeals and Collection divisions of the I.R.S. and the U.S. Tax Court. First tax clinic in the country with the authority to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Tax Court.

Small Business Clinic
Introduces student attorneys to practical applications of business formation and provides needed representation for small start-up companies and individuals developing private nonprofit entities.

W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic
Represents children who have been abused and neglected in Dallas County. The Clinic is appointed by juvenile district court judges to serve as guardian/attorney ad litem.

Consumer Advocacy Project
Students work with public and private community partners to provide consumer education and engage in research and advocacy on issues important to lower income consumers, especially those in Spanish-speaking communities.  Students also provide direct representation to consumers to help resolve consumer complaints using formal and and informal negotiation and mediation strategies.  
 

Clinic Contact Information: 214-768-2562



Clinic Faculty:

Maureen Armour
Co-Director of the Civil Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

Mary Spector
Co-Director of Civil Clinic, Director, Consumer Advocacy Project
and Professor of Law

Diane Sumoski
Director, W. W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic

Larry Jones
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Federal Tax Clinic

Christopher M. Jenks
Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic and Assistant Professor of Law

Mike McCollum
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Criminal Justice Clinic

Brook Busbee
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Criminal Justice Clinic

Eliot Shavin
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Civil Clinic

Eric Cedillo
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Consumer Advocacy Project and Summer Civil Clinic

David Cho
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Trademark Clinic
 
Marc Hubbard
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Patent Clinic
 
Walter Theiss
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law, Small Business Clinic


Clinic Administrative Assistants:

Gloria Zapata 
Criminal Justice, Tax, Small Business, Patent, Trademark and
Child Advocacy Clinics

Lisa Montes 
Civil Clinic and Consumer Advocacy Project

Mailing Address:
SMU Dedman School of Law
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275-0116

Physical Address:
SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205