WFU law clinic partners with Forsyth Tech to provide students with pro bono legal services

Forsyth Tech Community College will partner with the Community Law and Business Clinic at Wake Forest University to provide free legal services for non-criminal cases to Forsyth Tech students.

The program will be run through the Forsyth Tech Cares office, which was launched as a part of the college’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and student’s needs outside the classroom.

“The Forsyth Tech Cares office allows us to assist students with holistic services when ‘life happens’ obstacles threaten to keep them from graduating,” said Stacy Waters Bailey, executive director of student success services.

“Having access to legal services is one more way we can help our students persist in their education with one less worry to complete their program.”

Fifteen law students from the Community Law and Business Clinic will provide the pro-bono legal services on a virtual meeting platform beginning this week.

Steve Virgil, professor with Wake Forest’s School of Law, said the program is a “win-win” for Wake Forest and Forsyth Tech.

“Our law students gain experience applying their legal and client skill development on a variety of legal issues. And Forsyth Tech students have access to legal services that may be the help they need immediately,” Virgil said.

The legal issues will focus on consumer issues, landlord-tenant issues, family law, expungements, business start-up paperwork, immigration issues and government benefits issues.

Forsyth Tech Cares was underway before COVID-19 and was ramped up as quickly as possible, as COVID-19 revealed many socio-economic inequities,” said Masonne Sawyer, vice president for student success services.

“Through a generous grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Foundation, Forsyth Tech Cares is now an office at Forsyth Tech with three full-time Cares Navigators to help serve students.”