Kele Stewart

Professor of Law, and 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 Law 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.



Toward More Effective Policy, Practice, and Research in Child Welfare and Education, in Intersectionality in Education: Toward More Equitable Policy, Research, and Practice (Wendy Cavendish & Jennifer F. Samson eds.), with Wendy Cavendish, 43 (2021).

COVID-19 Reflections on Resilience and Reform in the Child Welfare System , with Robert Latham, 48 Fordham Urb. L.J. 95 (2020).

Policies and Practices to Address the Educational Needs of Foster Children in Ten Florida Counties Highlights, with Vanessa Thorrington, (2019).

Policies and Practices to Address the Educational Needs of Foster Children in Ten Florida Counties, with Vanessa Thorrington, (2019).

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

Relative Care within a Public Health Paradigm, Impact: Collected Essays on the Threat of Economic Equality 89 (2015).

Unequal Access to Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: State Court Adjudication of One-Parent Cases, with Meghan Johnson, 16 Child. Rts. Litig. (ABA) 8 (2014).

Implementing the Child Protection Provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Trinidad and Tobago, 21 U. Miami Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 53 (2013).

The Connection Between Permanency and Education in Child Welfare Policy, 9 Hastings Race & Poverty L.J. 511 (2012).

How Much Clinic for How Many Students?: Examining the Decision to Offer Clinics for One Semester or an Academic Year, 5 J. Marshall L.J. 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, with Deborah Archer, 30 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 527 (2006).

Brennan Center for Justice Symposium Introduction: Diversity, Impartiality, and Representation on the Bench, 10 Mich. J. Race & L. 1 (2004).

 Presentations & Awards

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

Fostering Educational Success for Children in Foster Care (October 28, 2008)

Maximizing Educational Opportunities for Youth in State Care (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 ( , 2007)

Federal and State Laws Relating to Educational Access for Children in Foster Care (November , 2006)

Representing Children in Dependency Proceedings (February , 2006)

Phone: (305)284-8827
Office: E258
Faculty Assistant


Phone: (305)284-1686
Office: F305

Area of Expertise

  • Children's Rights
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law

Websites and Blogs

Children & Youth Clinic