Youth Advocacy Clinic
This clinic is focused on addressing the legal needs of Virginia’s low-income children and youth both through individual client representation and broader reform efforts such as local and state policy advocacy, impact litigation and community education. 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. Clinic clients are often those youth most at the margins, and students will gain exposure to and a deeper understanding of the impact of race, poverty, disability and system-involvement on Virginia’s youth.
In the News
- 2.27.19 Clinic Win Demonstrates Uphill Battle for Incarcerated Children
- 10.8.13 UVA Law Clinic Hosts Conference to Mark 15 Years of Fighting for Children in Virginia Fighting for Children: Education, Advocacy and the Law
- 9.11.12 UVA Law Clinic Report Raises Questions About Virginia's Religious Exemptions from School Attendance
- 4.24.12 UVA Law Clinic Wins Young Clients Early Release from Juvenile Prison
- 8.6.11 UVA Law Innocence Project, Child Advocacy Clinics Fight to Clear Teen of Convicted Rape