Students represent indigent women in the District of Columbia. Two or three kinds of cases are chosen for concentration, but students may decide to represent clients in any related matters. Students have full responsibility for their cases, while working under the supervision of the faculty. The program focuses upon learning the essentials of being a lawyer and examining the effect of the legal system on women as they confront such major aspects of their lives as their economic situation, personal safety, and relations with their children. Through this clinic, additional students may participate in a special bridge program in domestic violence (domestic violence clinic) that seeks to bridge the gap between the criminal justice and family law systems. Students will spend one semester prosecuting domestic violence cases criminally in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and one semester representing, under clinical faculty supervision, women seeking protection order and other relief in the D.C. family law system. Participation in a weekly seminar is required.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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First Class Readings
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