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Janice E. McAlpine

Adjunct Clinical Professor

Brief Biography

Janice McAlpine is a part-time Adjunct Clinical Professor teaching in the LSU Homeless Advocacy Clinic.  She is currently the director of the Legal Clinic at Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless in Baton Rouge.  McAlpine received a BA in History from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she won the Carl Gussin Memorial Prize for excellence in trial advocacy.

McAlpine has devoted her legal career to working with low-income and under-represented clients.  She was a staff and managing attorney for the Legal Aid Bureau of Southwestern Michigan, and was the executive director of Western Wisconsin Legal Services.  She joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994 and spent 7 years as an associate professor of law, directing the Homeless Advocacy Clinic, where she supervised interdisciplinary teams of law students and masters level social work students working in the homeless community.  She also taught lawyering skills and attorney ethics in the regular curriculum.

During her more than 30 years of public interest practice, McAlpine has represented clients in both civil and criminal cases ranging from individual representation to law reform and impact litigation.   Her civil work has included housing, family, domestic violence, consumer, discrimination, public benefits and disability law.  Her current practice is in collaboration with a licensed psychologist and is focused on the legal issues of the chronically homeless, including identity theft, access to housing, medical care, and disability benefits.

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