*†Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic (30109). 4 units, credit/fail for students in their first semester. After the first semester, students enroll in the Advanced EOJJ Clinic for 1 to 4 units, credit/fail or graded at student option. The Equal Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic (EOJJC) is undergoing a transition in our docket. In the past, the clinic has represented children in expulsion hearings and in general educational advocacy in the New Haven School District. Beginning this spring we will represent organizational clients on one or more policy/advocacy projects designed to disrupt the school to prison pipeline, reduce school suspensions and expulsions, improve the quality of education for incarcerated juveniles, and generally create a more humane juvenile justice system. Our precise docket will be set by the beginning of the spring semester.
Because we have an existing docket of individual adolescent clients in the New Haven area, new students joining the clinic will also partner with a third-year student already in the clinic to assume individual representation of one or more current clients. That work typically involves making sure that our clients receive the educational services--including special education services--to which they are entitled and occasionally appearing in juvenile court as educational advocates for clients with delinquency cases.
Some class sessions function like a traditional seminar--we discuss readings about the education and juvenile justice systems, as well as readings on effective advocacy and persuasion. We also use class time to discuss clinic projects, with teams of students presenting their work to the group for feedback. In addition to our seminar, each team of students meets regularly with one or more of the supervising attorneys to discuss their individual cases or projects. This clinic is open only to J.D. students. J. Forman, M.S. Gohara, and E.R. Shaffer.
Commitment: Student commitment has two components. For the new clinic projects, students commit to two semesters (Spring 2016 and Fall 2016). For the individual client representation, your commitment will vary depending on the case. Your commitment is to your client, which means that the clinic, and you, will represent them for as long as they have educational advocacy needs. Sometimes this may be a matter of months; other times it may continue until graduation. But don't think of the commitment as a burden: as current EOJJC students will tell you, representing their clients is a privilege that brings great benefits.
Note: Students may not be enrolled in an LSO clinic and either 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.