Foreclosure outreach project receives national recognition

(April 24, 2014) A national clinical legal organization has recognized Seattle University School of Law's outstanding work in helping distressed homeowners facing foreclosure.

The Foreclosure Outreach and Mediation Project (FMOP) received an honorable mention for Excellence in a Clinical Project from the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA).

CLEA is a national organization comprised of over 700 law professors and lawyers. CLEA's mission, in part, is to advocate for clinical legal education and pursue and promote justice and diversity as core values in the legal profession. The award will be presented April 30 at the Association of American Law Schools' Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education.

FMOP is a collaborative project between Seattle University's Access To Justice Institute and the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic's Predatory Lending Clinic in partnership 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.

Bryan AdamsonFMOP trains law students to work with attorneys helping vulnerable homeowners. More than 60 students have volunteered for the program, assisting attorneys representing more than 350 homeowners facing foreclosure, and contributing over 2,500 pro bono hours.

"We are grateful that CLEA has affirmed the excellent work of FMOP attorney Angeline Thomas, the Access to Justice Institute and Director Diana Singleton, the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, and the law school's community partners," said Professor Bryan Adamson, an FMOP co-founder who also teaches the Predatory Lending Clinic.