Lisa A. Kelly
LAW E 524
Students will learn how to interview and counsel adolescent clients involved in the child welfare system. They will learn to negotiate and collaborate with a variety of professionals in law, social work, medicine, and psychology. They will learn to gather facts and interview witnesses. Frequent court appearances are required, some as brief and informal as status checks on cases and others as involved and formal as termination of parental rights trials taking several days. In addition to learning the substantive law surrounding child abuse and neglect, students will have opportunities to practice in the fields of educational advocacy, immigration, family law and juvenile offender defense, to the extent that individual clients require representation in these frequently co-occurring matters.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a clinical course. Students learn basic skills and substantive law in class. However, the most meaningful learning occurs through the representation of individual clients under the supervision of a clinical faculty member.
Students must take the Child Advocacy course offered in the Fall Quarter. This course is either a pre or co-requisite. It is strongly recommended that students take Evidence and/or Trial Advocacy. Family Law is also helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Work is performed through competent, diligent and zealous representation of teenage clients.