Kele Stewart

Associate Dean for Experiential Learning; Professor of Clinical Legal Education & Co-Director, Children & Youth Law Clinic

Social Justice/Public Interest Concentration Affiliated Faculty
J.D. 1998, New York University School of Law
B.S. 1994, Cornell University 

Phone: 305-284-8827
Office: E258

Kele Stewart is Professor of Clinical Education and Co-Director of the University of Miami School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic. In the clinic, she supervises students who handle cases involving abused, abandoned and neglected children.  She also teaches courses on family and juvenile law and legal practice.  Her scholarship is in the areas of child welfare, children’s rights and clinical education.  Professor Stewart currently serves as Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, responsible for administrative oversight of the Law Schools clinics, externships and other practical courses.  In 2011-2012, she received a Fulbright Scholar award to study the child protection system in her native country Trinidad & Tobago.
 
Professor Stewart earned a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from NYU Law School. Prior to joining the University of Miami, she was an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School, where she did voting rights advocacy and supervised law students in NYU's public policy clinic.  She also worked in private practice doing commercial litigation at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and White & Case.  Prior to law school, she was as a case worker for teenagers in foster care.
 
She has served on the boards of several organizations including Advisory Board of Florida's Children First, the Executive Board of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), and the Caribbean Bar Association.  She was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Children & Families to the Independent Living Services Advisory Council from 2009-2012.  She was selected as a 2014 Fellow in the New Leaders Council Institute, a leadership development program for emerging thought leaders. She is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.

 

 Publications

Collaborations between Schools and Child Welfare Agencies in Florida to Address the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care, with Vanessa Thorrington, Ph.D., 17 Florida Coastal L. Rev. 241 (2016).

Relative Care within a Public Health Paradigm in Impact: Collected Essays on the Threat of Economic Equality, 1 New York Law School Impact Center for Public Interest Law (2015).

Unequal Access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: State Court Adjudication of One-Parent Cases, ABA Section of Litigation, 16 Children’s Rights Litigation Newsletter 4 (2014).

Implementing the Child Protection Provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Trinidad and Tobago, 21 U.M. Int. & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (2013).

The Connection Between Permanency and Education in Child Welfare Policy, 511 Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal (2012).

How Much Clinic for How Many Students?: Examining the Decision to Offer Clinics for One Semester or an Academic Year, 5 John Marshall Law Journal 1 (2011).

Meeting the Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care, 6 Fla. Ed. Law J. 2 (2008).

Interagency Agreements: Improving Educational Outcomes for Florida’s Children in Foster Care , with Andrea Moore, (2007).

Making America the Land of Second Chances: Restoring Socioeconomic Rights for Ex-Offenders, 30 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 527 (2006).

Symposium, Diversity, Impartiality and Representation on the Bench, 10 Mich. J. Race & L. 1 (2004).

 Presentations

Opening the School House Door: Advocating for Youth in School, Dependency Summit for Florida's Child Protective Communities, Orlando, FL (August 2009)

Fostering Educational Success for Children in Foster Care, Seminole County Child Protection Conference, FL (October 28, 2008). 

Maximizing Educational Opportunities for Youth in State Care, Florida's Children First Public Policy Conference, Fostering Success: Strategies to Empower Youth to Succeed as Adults, Plantation, FL (February 14, 2008). 

Testimony before the Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs (December 3, 2007).

Interagency Agreements: Improving Educational Outcomes for Florida's Children in Foster Care (with Andrea Moore) (2007).

Representing Children in Dependency Proceedings, McDermott, Will & Emory, Pro Bono Training, Miami, FL (with Perlmutter) (February 2006)

Federal and State Laws Relating to Educational Access for Children in Foster Care, Florida Coalition for Children Conference, Daytona Beach, FL (November 2006). 

Phone: 305-284-8827
Office: E258

Websites and Blogs

Children & Youth Clinic