Family Violence Litigation Clinic and Immigration Project

Family Violence Litigation Clinic and Immigration Project


The Family Violence Litigation Clinic & Immigration Project offers students challenging and rewarding opportunities to argue cases in court on behalf of persons who have suffered violence at the hands of intimate partners or family members, including immigrant victims. Students will learn about domestic violence dynamics and the substantive law and procedure of both family court and certain adjudicative bodies in the immigration system, including the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Under direct faculty supervision, students will interview and counsel clients, conduct fact investigation and discovery, draft: pleadings, correspondence, motions, stipulations and orders, perform legal research and analysis, work with translators, appear with clients in court, and negotiate cases with opposing counsel as well as the attorney for the children involved. Students may also have the opportunity to write or argue an appellate case, conduct full evidentiary trials, participate in administrative hearings, and engage in community outreach.

DIRECTOR: Professor Sarah Rogerson

Pre/Co-Requisite: Domestic Violence Seminar

Bar courses applied: Family Law, New York Practice II, Evidence, Professional Responsiblity