Pictured here are Community Law Clinic students, Casey Raymond (‘14) and Rebecca Maurer (‘14) after completion of a 6-hour mediation at the San Francisco offices of ADR Services, Inc. on Monday, October 21, 2013.
Casey and Rebecca represented a man who lived with his large family in a decrepit and neglected single family home. Seeking to impose liability on the property management firm that oversaw all the maintenance in the home, the students did extensive research into the complicated legal issues that arose from a shady transaction, orchestrated by the company, of the home to an individual the family knew as their neighbor and handyman. The company’s liability was accepted by the mediator, a retired judge who praised the students’ work throughout the day, as the starting point for negotiations. A favorable settlement was reached, and the clinic’s client hopes to put the proceeds toward a home purchase.