Nicole Hallett (far right), assistant clinical professor and director of the Community Justice Clinic, attending a DACA protest in Buffalo.

Community Justice Clinic

The Community Justice Clinic (CJC) represents low-income residents and communities in Buffalo on litigation as well as policy and community education projects.

The clinic takes on both individual cases and “impact” litigation designed to bring about a change in the law. Its policy and community education projects are undertaken on behalf of community organizations and coalitions.

Contact Us

Nicole Hallett, Director of the Community Justice Clinic

University at Buffalo
School of Law
507 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

CJC strives to be responsive to the needs of low-income communities and supportive of grassroots organizing movements. Unlike many clinics, CJC does not focus on a particular area of law. Instead, the clinic looks to the communities it serves to identify priorities and issue areas. The clinic’s current areas of focus are workers’ rights, immigration, civil rights, consumer justice, and housing.

Recent litigation projects have included the representation of:

  • Undocumented immigrant youth from Central America to obtain legal status in the United States and avoid deportation;
  • Human trafficking victims and asylum seekers;
  • Fast food workers subjected to wage theft and sexual harassment by their employer.

Policy and community education projects have included working with:

  • The Buffalo Transit Rider’s Union on their campaign for better public transit options in Buffalo;
  • The Buffalo Tenant’s Advocacy Group on their campaign to reform the city’s rental registration.