Education Law Practicum and Youth Justice
University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810
Telephone: (865) 974-4141
Fax: (865) 974-6782
In 2008 The Education Law Practicum was inaugurated to provide 2Ls and 3Ls an opportunity to engage in holistic representation of public school students who were being prosecuted for truancy in juvenile court. The course has evolved into a Practicum that focuses on reforming policies and practices—at the intersection of education law and juvenile justice-- that harm children, youth, and families. The Practicum employs a wide range of methods critically to understand and to challenge existing systems and to build better alternatives.
Ten students in the course represent clients in a variety of school- and juvenile court-related matters (including school discipline hearings and special education matters) and develop real-time public interest lawyering projects that tackle issues of educational inequality, racial discrimination, due process in juvenile court proceedings, access to justice, and other current issues in these dynamic fields. The Practicum also collaborates with the Knox County Public Defender’s Office in selected case work.
Child and Family Litigation Clinic
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
1 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103-2189
Telephone: (901) 523-8822 ext. 404
Fax: (901) 543-5087
100% Children's Law
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.