Center for Children & Youth Justice
Lawyers Fostering Independence (LFI)
615 2nd Avenue, Suite 275
Seattle, WA 98104
Telephone: (206) 696-7503
Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys
Since 2008, LFI has served the civil legal needs of youth and young adults aged 17-25, and is focused on serving youth who have experience in foster, group, or kinship care or who are or are at risk of being homeless. LFI currently operates out of King County (greater Seattle Area), Washington, but it is in the process of expanding throughout the state.
LFI serves to address a multitude of civil legal barriers affecting its clients’ ability to obtain housing, employment and education (e.g., juvenile records, identity theft, public benefits, family law, credit/debt, landlord-tenant disputes). Prospective clients access LFI through one of its four monthly drop-in legal clinics held at local social service centers – e.g., homeless youth and youth service providers – or by calling to do intake by phone. Clients may also be referred to LFI through our extensive set of partnerships with service providers and/or governmental agencies. Clients’ issues will either be resolved by working directly with one of LFI’s two staff attorneys, one of our many volunteer attorneys, or they will be referred to one of LFI’s to another resource better suited to serve their needs.
In addition to direct service, LFI provides know-your-rights presentations for young people participating with its social service partners. And LFI provides substantive training for its current and prospective volunteer attorneys, which includes training on trauma-informed representation.
Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic
University of Washington School of Law
100% Children's Law
Could Use Volunteer Attorneys
The Child Advocacy Clinic began in 1996 as a multidisciplinary program of the University of Washington schools of law, social work and medicine. The Clinic's primary focus is child advocacy and the development of a holistic legal program for children and youth. Twelve students take the class "Child Advocacy" in order to participate in the clinic, and with the supervision of one staff attorney and the assistance of students from other disciplines, they handle approximately 19 cases a year as both attorneys and guardians ad litem. The Clinic receives cases from juvenile court and from the CASA program. Although the Clinic does not currently utilize volunteer lawyers, they may be able to in the future and interested attorneys should contact the director. The Clinic does not accept calls from the public seeking legal information, however they do accept calls from children. The clinic has handled some impact litigation.
The Clinic also provides a home for a Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA), beginning in 2008. CITA provides interdisciplinary training for judges, lawyers and other key players in the child welfare system, using an innovative, grassroots approach to local leadership known as the Tables of Ten.