Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW8606
    Sched. No.: 114820932

Child Advocacy Clinic (YR)
Section 1
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Ciolfi, Angela A.
Duvall, Kathryn L.
Walters, Amy S.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1540-1700 (SL276)
Credits:4Type:Yearlong clinic
Capacity:12 **This information is current as of 09/19/2014 06:13:32 AM**
Current Enrollment:10 **This information is current as of 09/19/2014 06:13:32 AM**

Course Description:

This yearlong clinical course includes two semesters of supervised legal representation of children, supported by a weekly clinical seminar which will meet during the fall semester. Students earn four (4) credits during the fall semester and four (4) credits during the spring semester. This clinical course is offered by JustChildren, a program of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville. Though most of the legal work will involve the representation of clients in the juvenile justice system or children being denied legally mandated educational opportunities, students may also represent children in cases involving immigration, services for incarcerated children, mental health and developmental disabilities law, and foster care and social services law. Students will gather factual information and conduct legal research to analyze their client’s legal rights. Students will represent children in negotiations and administrative hearings and will participate in court proceedings to the extent permitted by law. Students will also have the opportunity to work on policy issues impacting children. Opportunities to work on impact litigation also may arise during the year.

During the fall and spring semesters, students will meet weekly in small groups with their supervising attorneys, and individually as needed. The supervising attorneys will accompany students to all administrative and/or court hearings. Supervision will be provided by attorneys with the JustChildren program. The clinical seminar will meet weekly during the fall semester only and will provide students with an understanding of the legal obstacles confronting low-income children, the various legal systems and settings in which the students will practice, and generalized instruction regarding the representation of children. During the spring semester, the entire class will meet once or twice to review cases and hear guest lectures.

Students will engage in casework throughout the year.

NOTE: Laptops are not allowed during class sessions.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Enrolled students who do not attend the first class session will be dropped. Students seeking to enroll in this course must attend the first class session.
ENROLLMENT LIMITATION: Students may enroll in one clinic per semester. On a space-available basis, students may petition to enroll in a second clinical offering after the add/drop period has ended.
PREREQUISITE: Second- or third-year status. Trial advocacy, negotiations, and course requirements for a third year practice certificate (for 3L’s) are recommended, but not required
COURSE REQUIREMENT: Memoranda, correspondence, legal pleadings, case management and time keeping, and written policy materials as assigned projects dictate


Prerequisites:Second- or third-year status. Trial advocacy, negotiations, and course requirements for a third year practice certificate (for 3L’s) are recommended, but not required
This course is on the professional skills course list.