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The Child and Family Litigation Clinic

The Child and Family Litigation Clinic develops core legal skills through representing the child in context.

Broadly grouped as "child advocacy," clinic cases offer practice in "holistic" child representation, including:

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Foster care
  • Delinquency
  • Child custody, paternity, and adoption
  • Education or mental health
  • Public benefits, such as TennCare
  • Any legal forum necessary to meet each child's needs

Student attorneys also experience the variety of roles and responsibilities required: in one case representing a child's best interests; in another representing a child's legal interests or expressed wishes; or in another scenario, representing the child's parent to promote the child's welfare. In addition to developing core legal skills, student attorneys participate in problem-solving, co-counseling, collaboration, meeting facilitation, and multidisciplinary consultation and practice essential in today's global society.

Through giving a vulnerable population a "voice" in the legal system, the Child and Family Litigation Clinic awakens within students who will be tomorrow's litigators, advocates, lawmakers, and judges a spirit of compassion, sense of fairness, and understanding of equal justice.

Faculty:  Christina A. Zawisza, Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Child and Family Litigation Clinic

To view a detailed brochure regarding Collateral Consequences of being a Juvenile Delinquent in Tennessee, please click on the brochure below.

collateral brochure

Fall 2015 Clinic & Externship Course Application

Faculty and Staff

In-House Clinical Programs

Child & Family Litigation Clinic
Civil Litigation Clinic
Elder Law Clinic
Elder Health Law Advocacy Clinic
Housing Adjudication Clinic
Mediation Clinic
Neighborhood Preservation Clinic
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