“The Best Experience I Received In All of Law School”

Dan Mauk, who graduates from Denver Law in May, 2012, values his participation in the Civil Litigation Clinic during his last semester in law school. “I had the chance to participate in two federal employment discrimination cases,” he observes. “I was able to use all the theory and law I have learned in my employment law classes and apply it to a real life case.”

Assistant Professor Raja Raghunath supervises the Clinic’s student lawyers in cases involving employment discrimination and wage theft. He reports that the Clinic is currently litigating two Title VII/Section 1981 actions on behalf of a total of seven clients in the District of Colorado for discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, and religion. The Clinic also takes on the cases of workers seeking their unpaid wages in state court actions. The results are impressive. “One student team in the Spring 2012 semester secured approximately $30,000 in unpaid wages for eleven workers without having to proceed to trial on their claims,” according to Professor Raghunath. “The clinic also continues to work on long-term solutions to the rampant wage theft in the state, alongside interested community partners in the private bar and state and federal agencies.”

“It was the best experience I received in all of law school,” says Dan Mauk. “The supervising professor allows the students to have a significant amount of control over the cases and the direction they proceed.” Dan drafted letters to opposing counsel, drafted briefs to the court, conducted and defended depositions, participated in mediation and settlement, was involved in all stages of discovery, and he appeared in Federal Court. “The most rewarding experience for me was conducting a deposition,” he relates. “This is something that most attorneys do not get a chance to do until they have been practicing for a couple years. It is a very valuable experience to have under my belt before I even graduate.”

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