Miami Law Children and Youth Law Clinic

Children and Youth Law Clinic

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The Children & Youth Law Clinic is an in-house, live-client clinic established in 1995 by the Law School. The Clinic represents children in foster care and former foster youth in dependency, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration and other general civil legal matters, ensuring that they have a voice in court proceedings.

Under the supervision of three Florida-licensed attorneys, approximately 24 second and third year law students each year assume primary responsibility for all aspects of a client's case. Students learn fundamental lawyering skills, substantive law and professional ethics. The Clinic seeks to instill in students a sense of professionalism and encourages them to pursue public interest law careers or to devote substantial portions of their legal practices to providing pro bono legal assistance to the poor.

Many cases have impact beyond the individual clients served by the Clinic. We view our educational mission as one in which students do not just learn the law, they help make the law. The Clinic is an integral player in Florida's children's legal services community, engaging in statewide impact litigation, law reform advocacy and community lawyering.

Optimizing its position within the University for the benefit of the wider community, the Clinic participates in interdisciplinary research, provides training and technical assistance for lawyers, judges, and other professionals, and produces legal scholarship and practice materials on the legal needs of children, with an emphasis on older foster youth.

Time Requirements

  • Students are required to spend 18 hours a week (6 credits) on clinic related work.
  • Students are required to attend an hour, once a week case supervision/case round meeting.
  • Clinic class meets for one hour and fifty minutes twice a week.

Prerequisites

  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 Higher
  • Successfully Completed 32 Credits

Corequisite

  • Professional Responsibility

Clinic Directors

Professor Bernard Perlmutter
305-284-4132
bperlmut@law.miami.edu

Professor Kele Stewart
305-284-8827
kstewart@law.miami.edu

Lecturer/Practitioner-in-Residence

Robert Latham, Esq.
305-284-2806
rlatham@law.miami.edu

Support Staff

Angela Galiano
Paralegal
305-284-1686
agaliano@law.miami.edu

Mary Cruz
Legal Assistant
305-284-1685
mcruz1@law.miami.edu

VIDEOS



Clinic Director Bernie Perlmutter gives an overview.



Hear the student perspective on why this clinic is an amazing experience.

IN THE NEWS

Recent Miami Law Graduates and Former Children & Youth Law Clinic Interns Become Child Advocates

Florida Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Children & Youth Law Clinic

Championing Children: How Involved Should They Be in Their Own Hearings?

Former Student Seida Wood, JD '11, Makes Forceful Argument Before 1st District Court of Appeal

Clinic Helps Foster Child Receive Medicaid Benefits

Clinic Helps Former Foster Youths Receive Favorable Decision from the Social Security Administration

Clinic Students Fight for Children to be Present for Their Day in Court

Children & Youth Law Clinic Sways Florida Supreme Court to Abolish Shackling of Juveniles.

An introduction to the Children and Youth Law clinic.

Why participate in this clinic: Graduate Evian White, J.D. '10 discusses how the clinic taught her to be a holistic lawyer and treat the child-client-issue as a whole. She also appreciates the essential tools she gained to become a better counselor, mediator, problem solver and listener, and how her experiences will impact her life and legal career.