The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law new Children's Defense Clinic will offer supervised student attorneys the opportunity to provide legal representation to youth facing criminal charges in delinquency proceedings in the Shelby County Juvenile Court. Clinic students will complete a curriculum designed to provide training in the handling of delinquency cases, to enhance the vital lawyering skills students will use in their casework and in practice beyond, and to expose students to the complex legal, policy, social, and economic issues that arise in the juvenile justice and criminal defense settings. The clinic will emphasize team practice and collaboration, and, where possible, develop and seize on interdisciplinary partnerships to provide broadly focused, multi-systemic advocacy for Clinic clients.

It is anticipated that the Children's Defense Clinic will provide direct representation to children in all phases of delinquency cases. Students will also engage in systemic reform through policy advocacy and it is further hoped that the clinic will assist in the development of training materials and conduct training programs for practicing lawyers focused on best practices in juvenile criminal defense.

The Children's Defense Clinic is led by Professor Lisa Geis. Before joining the Memphis Law faculty, Professor Geis served as a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney in the DC Students in Court Program, an organization that serves several Washington, D.C. area law schools. She also taught at the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law Juvenile & Special Education Law Clinic and was the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Fellow at the Rutgers School of Law – Camden Children's Justice Clinic, where she worked on the Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network (JIDAN-NJ).

Faculty: Lisa Geis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Children's Defense Clinic