Abrahams Legal Clinic

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The Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic, the civil practice clinic at Creighton University School of Law, provides invaluable experience for our law students—and free legal assistance on civil matters for low-income residents of Douglas County, Nebraska. The clinic, staffed by Creighton law students, operates as a small law firm. Students are supervised by:

  • clinic [at] creighton [dot] edu (Professor Catherine Mahern), clinic director, Connie Kearney Chair in Clinical Legal Education
  • clinic [at] creighton [dot] edu (Katelyn Cherney), staff attorney, supervises students in representing clients in civil legal issues
  • clinic [at] creighton [dot] edu (Christopher Mihalo), staff attorney, supervises students in representing clients in civil legal issues. 
    Clinic attorneys will not respond to legal questions by email. All requests for legal advice or assistance should be directed to 402.280.3068 for an intake screening.

This four-credit course gives Creighton School of Law students experience in:

  • Client interviewing and counseling
  • Drafting
  • Fact investigation
  • Law office organization and management
  • Negotiation    
  • Preparing for and conducting trials and administrative hearings
  • Recognizing and addressing ethical problems
  • Trial techniques

Students also learn about the range of legal issues that arise from inequalities within our society and the challenges lawyers face representing clients with serious educational, economic, intellectual, cultural and psychological disadvantages. Students are taught to represent clients with integrity, ethics and professionalism, and to strive to improve the law profession.

The clinic takes cases from nearly every area of the law, offering students the opportunity to work with special projects, including the Domestic Violence Project and the Housing Law Project, and with project attorneys. Other legal services offered include:    

  • Child support and child custody
  • Divorce
  • Guardianship
  • Landlord/tenant
  • Wills and probate

Applying for Legal Services

If you’re a Douglas County resident who falls within the Federal Poverty Guidelines and are involved with a civil matter (non-criminal), you are eligible for free legal services through the Abrahams Legal Clinic. Applications are taken over the phone. Please call 402.280.3068 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.