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Fall 2022

Course Description
The Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic at Miami Law offers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals and entities that are dealing with financial problems. The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida together with Put Something Bank (the pro bono arm of the Miami Dade County Bar) established the clinic. Miami Law offers it as a one semester or a two-semester, six-credit elective that pairs students with various mentor attorneys to represent clients.

How Students Benefit from Participating in this Clinic:
• Students practice in Federal Court as advocates for their clients and network with members of the South Florida Bench and Bar.
• These cases can be chapter 7s, chapter 13s, contested matters, adversary proceedings which can include cases such as fighting to help the debtor discharge student loans. Also, students counsel clients with respect to financial distress and solutions to problems.
• Expert Mentorship – Students are placed with mentor bankruptcy attorneys in the community who really are at the top of their game.
• Unparalleled Networking Opportunities – During the clinic students meet prospective future employers and attend numerous of bankruptcy events in the community such as View From the Bench, and numerous other Bankruptcy Bar Association events. • Fantastic Support – Clinic Director Patricia Redmond , Clinic Coordinator and mentor attorneys provide ongoing support, help and advice. Clients are referred to the clinic by the Dade County Bar Association, and sitting judges of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-22-2022 - 11-30-2022   T  7:30 PM-9:20 PM F302

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: • Successfully completed 24 credits • Familiarity with the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Corequisite: Bankruptcy is preferred but not required.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students are evaluated on a graded basis on the following criteria: 1) Classwork and Class participation 2) A journal and other written assignments 3) The mentors’ evaluation of the student in connection with their client representations
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Business & Taxation - Specialized
Family & Personal - Related
Social Justice - Related
Bar Subject(s):
Litigation & Dispute Resolution (Concentration)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
  • Textbook Name: Mini Code/Mini Rules
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Publisher: AWHFY
    Edition: 2022
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: No assignment for first class meeting.