Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic
In 2018, attorney Ciara L. Rogers was selected as the director of the Stubbs Bankruptcy Clinic at Campbell University School of Law. She and the other attorneys at Waldrep Wall Babcock & Bailey PLLC participating in this venture are excited to be working with these law students. In that capacity, Ciara supervises second- and third-year law students in providing pro bono bankruptcy representation to low wealth individuals in the Eastern District of North Carolina.
Working under the supervision of Clinic Director Ciara L. Rogers, who has a private practice with a focus on bankruptcy, alternatives to bankruptcy, civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and employment law, the students gain experience in areas such as client interviewing and fact gathering, client counseling, analyzing options and potential outcomes, observing deadlines, and client communication. As opportunities arise, students may also appear in court on behalf of their clients. In short, students have the chance to use the skills and knowledge they learn in law school to help real clients with real problems.
The clinic receives referrals from legal services, private attorneys, the bankruptcy trustees, as well as the court when a person’s pro se efforts appear to affect the proper administration of justice.
Students have a unique opportunity to engage with debtor and creditor attorneys, courtroom staff, trustees, the Bankruptcy Administrator’s office, federal judges, and, most important, real clients. This opportunity is enhanced by the clinic’s location in the Century Station Federal Building on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, where the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina holds court.
Students involved in the clinic have handled matters as varied as:
Counseling clients, gathering information, and preparing the documents to file Chapter 7 liquidation cases, and appearing at statutory meetings with the trustee with the client.
Preparing, filing, and prosecuting a Chapter 11 case — a complex type of bankruptcy — in order to help a disabled client with two children stop a foreclosure, lower their mortgage payments, and keep their home.
Defending a college student who is not involved in a bankruptcy case, but who was nonetheless sued by a Chapter 7 trustee seeking to take away property intended for the student by his great-grandparent.
Preparing, filing, and prosecuting Chapter 13 cases, and preparing and filing reorganization plans by which the clients avoided foreclosures and stayed in their homes.
Helping a client reopen a closed bankruptcy case in order to seal private confidential information that had been filed publicly in the case by the previous attorney.
Going to court to help a client who was being harassed by a debt collector in violation of the bankruptcy laws.
Acting as primary contact with the clients, returning phone calls, preparing the clients for court appearances, and keeping the clients informed as to the status of their cases.
A maximum of eight students are enrolled in the clinic each semester, with preference given to third-year students. In addition to one classroom session per week, students are also expected to perform three or more hours of clinical work each week.