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Sheena NjorogeWhen alumni, faculty, and students come together on a project, the outcome is usually a positive one. This collaboration is indicative of the supportive community here at the Columbus School of Law. In this case it was Sheena Njoroge, 3L, who was working in the Civil Practice Clinic at the time. She wanted to not only grow her understanding of the law, but also help others.

The project began as part of Njoroge’s work last spring in the CUA Civil Practice Clinic and focused on replevin and detinue. Njoroge said she wrote the piece in part because she “knew nothing about the topic” and thought that if she didn’t understand replevin and detinue as a second-year law student, they would be a complete mystery to people who are self-represented. She worked with Professor Faith Mullen, who provided guidance in editing the draft.

As Njoroge explains in her article, “replevin and detinue are two kinds of court cases that allow a plaintiff to get personal property back from a defendant.” Njoroge said that writing about replevin and detinue convinced her that these are important causes of action because “they give people a way to peacefully present their claims in court and resolve issues without having to confront each other in a way that is not peaceful. These causes of action give people the tools to resolve property issues.”

Sheena presented the article to The People’s Law Library who then recruited Josie Yuzuik, Class of 2003, to review the content for accuracy. The People’s Law Library offers on-line legal information for self-represented litigants in Maryland and is maintained by the Maryland State Law Library, a court-related agency.

After their review process was completed, The People’s Law Library of Maryland published Sheena’s short article, Replevin and Detinue Actions in Maryland Courts

Professor Mullen said she would encourage other law students to contribute to the People’s Law Library. “This is a great project — it is a wonderful resource for self-represented people, and it makes meaningful pro bono possible. With a relatively small investment of time, people who are trained in law, including law students, can make a powerful difference by sharing their expertise.”