Constitutional Litigation Clinic

Hands-On Experience

The Constitutional Litigation Clinic offers eight Chase students a hands-on experience litigating civil rights cases on behalf of prisoners and former offenders in Ohio state and federal courts. The Ohio Justice & Policy Center created this Clinic in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. Students handle all aspects of cases, from client interviews through trials and appellate brief writing and argument.

The Constitutional Litigation Clinic requires a year-long commitment. Each student must be certified as a legal intern by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Through this Clinic, students and supervising OJPC attorneys open doors for clients and provide real opportunities for second chances - helping reclaim their lives and restore our communities.

Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a transcript, and a writing sample to Sheila Donaldson Johnson, OJPC Office Manager, via email or by faxing to 513.562.3200.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission required; Must have at least 60 credit hours to register; two-semester externship.


Assistant Professor
David A. Singleton

A.B. Economics
and Public Policy Studies,
Duke University
J.D., Harvard Law School

Office: Nunn Hall, Suite 561

Professor David Singleton / Public Interest Law

"I love teaching students how to be lawyers, how to practice, how to become practice ready.  I am a public interest lawyer; I have been a public interest lawyer for over 20 years.  I get really excited when I have students who are eager to learn from me and to see how to become that fearless advocate, that tireless advocate."

David Singleton
Assistant Professor of Law
Executive Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center
Director, Chase Consitutional Litigation Clinic

Megan McKay '15

"On June 25, 2014, I argued before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of my client, Mr. Cordell. I thought that was the best day of my life, until July 16 when I read the opinion reversing the District Court's decision in favor of my client, Mr. Cordell – that was the BEST DAY of my life! I was advocating for someone before the court and I made a difference" - Megan McKay '15. Keep reading.