Juvenile Justice Clinic, Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic
University of Maine School of Law
246 Deering Ave.
Portland, ME 04102
Telephone: (207) 780-4355
20% Children’s Law
Does Not Use Volunteer Attorneys
This clinic began in September 2006 with a grant from a local foundation. The program is part of The Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, in existence since 1969. Currently the program works with 10 to 15 students a year, and handles about 50 cases. Its goals include effectively educating and training the next generation of juvenile defenders, as well as serving as a resource center for practicing attorneys. Students also work with other legal aid attorneys in the street law project, which involves weekly meetings with homeless teens at The Preble Street Teen Center to provide free legal advice and resource referrals.
Aside from the clinic the law school also offers the class Juvenile Defense: Policy and Practice, and Juvenile Law. The clinic does accept calls from the public and from children seeking legal information.