Bankruptcy Assistance Clinic

Bankruptcy Clinic

The Eleanor R. Cristol and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic at Miami Law offers pro bono legal services to low-income individuals who are dealing with bankruptcy. The Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida established the clinic. Miami Law offers it as a two-semester, six-credit elective that pairs students into teams.

How Students Benefit from Participating in this Clinic

  • Hands-On Learning – Students have the opportunity to practice on real cases in federal bankruptcy court. These can be chapter 7s, chapter 13s, contested matters, and adversary proceedings which can include cases such as fighting to help the debtor discharge student loans.
  • Expert Mentorship – Students are placed with mentor bankruptcy attorneys in the community who really are at the top of their game from firms such as Meland Russin and Genovese Joblove Battista.
  • Unparalleled Networking Opportunities – During the clinic students meet prospective future employers and attend numerous of bankruptcy events in the community such as View From the Bench, the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Caribbean Conference, and numerous other Bankruptcy Bar Association events, conferences, and dinners.
  • Fantastic SupportClinic Director Patricia Redmond , Clinic Coordinator Tim Bow, and mentor attorneys provide ongoing support, help and advice.

Clients are referred to the clinic by the Dade County Bar Association, and sitting judges of the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Prospective Students: Bankruptcy Clinic Requirements

The Eleanor R. and Judge A. Jay Cristol Bankruptcy Pro Bono Assistance Clinic is a two semester (fall/spring) or (spring/fall) course for a total of six (6) credits for both semesters.Students are evaluated on a pass/fail basis on the following criteria:

1) Classwork and Class participation
2) A journal or fee application depending on the semester detailing their externship activities
3) The mentor's evaluation of the student in connection with their client representations


  • Successfully completed 48 credits
  • Familiarity with the Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Federal Rules of Evidence, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure


Patricia A. Redmond, Esq
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler
Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
150 W. Flagler Street, Suite 2200
Miami, Florida 33130

Austen Caraker, Esq.
Clinic Coordinator
305-579-5733 Ext. 2226

Patricia Redmond is Director of the Bankruptcy Clinic and a bankruptcy expert with extensive experience in representing trustees, creditors' committees, secured creditors and debtors in chapter 11 cases. She is currently President of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

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Jay Cristol
The clinic is named in honor of the Hon. A. Jay Cristol, JD '59 and Chief Judge Emeritus of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami and his late wife.
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