Contact FMOP Staff Attorney Angeline Thomas: email@example.com or (206) 398-4304.
Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project
The Foreclosure Mediation and Outreach Project (FMOP) is an Access To Justice Institute Partnership Project designed in collaboration with Northwest Justice Project, Columbia Legal Services, Tacoma-Pierce County Volunteer Legal Services and other community partners. The purpose of the project is to expand outreach and foreclosure prevention services to low and moderate income homeowners in Washington State under Washington's new mediation law: the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
How does the program work?
Students can get involved in two different ways:
Home Justice Legal Clinic: (Minimum of 12 hours per semester including training) FMOP partners with the Tacoma-Pierce Bar Volunteer Legal Services and the Northwest Justice Project to run a monthly walk-in legal clinic in Tacoma for homeowners facing foreclosure and tenants in foreclosed properties. FMOP holds trainings at the beginning of each semester and students can volunteer at one or more clinics throughout the year. Open to 1, 2 and 3Ls.
Mortgage Mediation Practicum: (Semester-long course) This is a unique hybrid between an internship and a clinic, where you will learn about pre-foreclosure mediation and mortgage modification under the Foreclosure Fairness Act in the classroom and then have an opportunity to put your learning into action during a 10-hour on-site internship with the Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit. This class DOES NOT count toward externship or clinical hours, and fulfills the professional skills requirement. Offered in the Fall semester. Open to 2 and 3Ls.
Why should students get involved?
It is satisfying to know you are helping low to moderate income individuals who otherwise might not receive any legal help at all. You will also...
- receive valuable training in foreclosure mediation, mortgage, and consumer law.
- work one-on-one with a practicing attorney.
- have the opportunity to assist attorneys in representing distressed homeowners in pre-foreclosure mediation.
- have an opportunity to do legal writing and research.
- work pro bono hours under the Pro Bono Pledge Program.
What kind of a commitment do I need to make to be involved?
Home Justice Legal ClinicVolunteers should expect to devote a minimum of 12 hours for one semester.
Mortgage Foreclosure Practicum
Students enrolled in the practicum should expect to devote a minimum of 12 hours per week, including time in class at the internship, to the program for one semester term.
How do I apply?
Home Justice Legal Clinic
Sign-up on the FMOP Legal Clinics TWEN page to learn more about the available opportunities. Fill out a volunteer application (under the important documents section on TWEN). Attend the FMOP training sessions early in the semester. Sign-up for a clinic(s) on TWEN.
Mortgage Mediation Practicum
Enroll in the class. Students who do not meet the prerequisites may request a waiver. Contact Angeline Thomas, FMOP Staff Attorney, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What training is offered?
Training is offered for all FMOP opportunities. Trainings include both substantive areas of law, including mortgage mediation, bankruptcy, evictions rights when the property is being foreclosed, and other areas of consumer and housing law.
What are students saying about FMOP?
"I have truly valued working with NJP this semester and feel I have learned more from this practicum than in most any other law school class. I wish more classes were this hands on and taught real world lawyering. I thank you for all your instruction and opportunity to give back to my community while pursuing my education[.]" - Practicum Student, 2L
"This semester has been a rollercoaster of an experience. I have enjoyed this class immensely. My only regret is that I didn't take some class like this sooner in my law school career... The internship portion [of the practicum] made me realize that I am meant to be a lawyer and I cannot wait to get back to work[.]" - Practicum Student, 3L