December is a busy time for Cleveland-Marshall students as they prepare for and take final exams. However, students in the Civil Litigation Clinic were busy for an additional reason – as they represented clients in three different in-person unemployment compensation hearings. The trying wait for the results in those cases was worth it, as in each case the Clinic’s client prevailed.
Clinic students Mike Benjamin and Josephine Begin successfully represented a woman who had been forced to resign her job at a factory because of threats from co-workers. Students Michael Bowen and Vincent Scebbi prepared an effective presentation for their client who had worked as a telemarketer and resigned her position because she was attacked by insects at the workplace. The third hearing involved a client who had been terminated for allegedly being discourteous to a customer of the pharmacy for which he was a delivery man. Primarily due to the diligent preparation of the client for the hearing by Danielle LeBlanc and David Cup, the client was found to have been terminated without just cause.
The decisions in those three cases followed another favorable decision for a client represented by Paul Petrick and Sarah Zinn in a two-part telephone hearing.
The work of those Clinic students, supervised by Professors Kenneth Kowalski and Doron Kalir, resulted in four claimants who had previously been denied unemployment compensation receiving needed benefits in time for the holidays, and all of those clients expressed extreme gratitude for the work of the CLC students.