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Juvenile Law, Children's Issues and Legislative Advocacy Clinic (4/4, 5, 7)

This is a one-semester clinic being offered in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Working under the supervision of Professor Susan Leviton and Professor Leslie Turner, students enrolled in the Fall clinic will teach a law and policy-related advocacy course at the Baltimore Freedom Academy (BFA), a small leadership and social justice themed high school developed in 2003, in part through a partnership with the School of Law. Students will conduct legal research, assist with the creation of interactive lesson plans, develop and implement advocacy projects for the students, and teach class sessions while working to link the classroom work to current events, public policy, and legal issues. Some of the issues covered will be Fourth Amendment search and seizure, death penalty, and questions about police and drug policy. Law students should have Wednesdays from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. free to teach class sessions at BFA. There will be a once-weekly seminar/class, taught by Professor Leviton and Professor Turner, and students will meet weekly with a professor to discuss ongoing client matters.

The Spring clinic will be taught by Professor Leslie Turner, and will not include the BFA component. The work of this clinic will involve efforts to improve the quality of educational opportunities provided to children in Baltimore City. Students will have the opportunity to represent individuals in juvenile delinquency, special education, and school discipline cases; collaborate with community leaders and community-based organizations in reform efforts; as well as participate in legislative advocacy projects and policy research on education reform. There will be a once-weekly seminar/class, taught by Professor Turner, and students will meet weekly with the professor to discuss ongoing client matters.

The clinical experience during both semesters will involve the representation of school children, and advocacy on behalf of children on issues involving education and juvenile justice. The clinic offers students the opportunity to gain knowledge of education law, while learning critical practice skills, including client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, case management and advocacy in formal and informal settings.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Susan Leviton;

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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