Federal Litigation

High stakes and complex legal matters make up the day-to-day work of the Federal Litigation Clinic.

 

Many of the clients in this Clinic are charged with federal crimes and often face harsh penalties, while the civil rights and intellectual property cases involve different, but equally high stakes.  

To represent our clients, you will hone your interviewing skills under a variety of challenging circumstances.  You will engage in multifaceted legal and factual research, develop sophisticated case theories and engage in cycles of complex counseling and negotiation. Our civil docket presents opportunities to take and defend depositions and appear in federal court on the record. Our criminal docket will give you direct experience with all phases of contemporary criminal practice. 

Many of our cases present no easy or obvious answer, and our practice compels us to emphasize creativity and rigor as we seek thoughtful solutions to difficult problems.

The supervising attorneys of this Clinic, Professor Michael Martin, Director of Clinical Programs, and Professor Ian Weinstein, former Associate Dean of Clinical & Experiential Programs, have more than 50 years of combined experience litigating criminal, civil rights, police misconduct, and other related cases in the federal and appellate courts.  Under their supervision, Fordham Clinic students have gained victories for clients at trial, on collateral review, and on appeal, as well as securing significant settlements or mitigating charges and sentences in almost all other cases.