Gunster attorney Josh A. Levine had the rare opportunity last year to represent a client – and win the case – while he was still in law school.

In April of 2013, Levine was a student of the University of Miami School of Law, and participated in UM’s Tenants’ Rights Clinic, which provides practical experience to law students while providing legal services to those facing housing-related legal issues, pro bono.

According to a UM Law article, the case Levine worked on involved Miami-Dade County officials who were attempting to evict a woman from her public housing apartment after they associated a crime that occurred on the property outside her apartment with a birthday party her son was hosting at the time.

Pictured, left to right: Joshua Levine, Jeffrey Hearne, Alison Rioux (2013). Photo courtesy of Miami Law, University of Miami School of Law.

Levine, along with another UM student, Alison Rioux, and Tenants’ Rights Clinic Director Jeffrey Hearne, the article continued, were able to successfully convince a jury that the eviction was not warranted. At the time, Levine and Rioux were Certified Legal Interns, allowing them to represent clients in court.

Levine joined Gunster in the fall of 2013 and is an attorney working out of the firm’s Miami office. He is a member of Gunster’s business litigation practice.

The Tenants’ Rights Clinic is a one-semester clinic offered by UM and based at Legal Services of Greater Miami, a nonprofit law firm providing civil representation to area low-income families.

Find out more about the case Levine tried – and won – while still a law student: Tenants’ Rights Clinic wins jury trial and saves client’s home (Miami Law News, 10/22/13)

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