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Interdisciplinary Practice With Grandparent Families Clinic (4/4)

This year-long clinic will give students the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team (social work, nursing and law)) in delivering services to at-risk grandparent families. The goal is to stabilize families and avoid the unnecessary placement of children in foster care.

Our partner at the School of Social Work is the Family Connections Project, created by Diane DePanfillis, Ph.D. (Director of Research at the School of Social Work) and Howard Dubowitz, M.D. (head of the Child Protection Team at University Hospital). The Family Connections Program is nationally recognized for their groundbreaking work in working with at-risk families to improve their functioning and avoid the unnecessary placement of children in foster care. Our partner at the School of Nursing is Open Gates, the School’s community based outreach arm.

Student attorneys will represent clients in a variety of civil legal cases, including child custody, intervention in child welfare (CINA) cases, adoption, appeals of denials of public benefits, Family Medical Leave Act cases and special education cases. Student attorneys will also work with their clients and our social work and medical partners in identifying law reform steps that can be taken to remove the barriers to good care faced by these families.

There is no pre-requisite for this clinic, but Family Law or Children, Families and the Law would provide helpful background.

This is a 2 semester clinic (4/4) that will be open to 4 students, who will do clinical work as part of this interdisciplinary team. There will be a joint orientation for all the students involved (law, social work, nursing), as well as ongoing interdisciplinary meetings and a clinical seminar (2 hour class each week). The clinical seminar and interdisciplinary meetings will address issues of client counseling, advocacy, mediation and negotiation in family cases, and ethical issues arising in interdisciplinary practice. Students taking this course receive credit towards certification in the Law & Health Care Program. This clinic satisfies the Cardin Requirement.

Students who enroll in this course are required to attend a full, one day Law Practice Orientation Program.

Current & Previous Instructors:

This course is not currently scheduled.


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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