The Family Violence Litigation Clinic 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. Students will learn about domestic violence dynamics and the substantive law, client counseling and fact investigation, as well as family court procedure.
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.
Professor Jaya Connors