Legal Assistance: Domestic Violence Clinic (30204). 4 units. Students in the New Haven Legal Assistance Domestic Violence Clinic will represent survivors of domestic violence in Superior Court, in both civil and criminal matters, and also at the Connecticut legislature. The clinic will be based at the New Haven Legal Assistance Association (LAA), a non-profit legal services office, whose mission is to secure justice for and protect the rights of those low-income residents of New Hven County who would otherwise be unable to secure legal representation. The clinic will be a legal resource for survivors of domestic violence and their families. Through their advocacy and coursework, students in the clinic will learn to practice as legal services lawyers, representing vulnerable individuals. Students can expect to work both on individual cases, as well as on policy matters affecting the clinic's client population. While it is likely that students will be representing clients in restraining order matters, no substantive area of law will be excluded from consideration, including custody/visitation hearings. When clients present with multiple legal problems, students may represent them in housing, consumer, benefits, Title IX, or immigration matters. Enrollment limited to eight. Permission of the instructors required. C. Frontis and E. Messali.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this course among experiential course selections, students should also submit a statement of interest and a CV by December 7 at 4:30 p.m.
Note:First-day attendance is required.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in a LSO clinic and any of the following non-LSO clinics in the same semester, whether as a student director, fieldwork-only returning student, continuing student, or otherwise: Education Adequacy Project, Legal Assistance; Prosecution Externship.