*†Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic (20311). 4 units, credit/fail. In the Educational Opportunity and Juvenile Justice Clinic (EOJJC), students represent children in expulsion hearings and in general educational advocacy in the New Haven School District. The initial focus is representation in the expulsion hearing, an administrative hearing before a hearing officer appointed by the school board. Students cross examine the school’s witnesses, present evidence, call defense witnesses, and make closing arguments.
After the hearing, if a client has been expelled, students put a plan in place to support the client during expulsion. Students focus on providing additional educational opportunities through tutoring, mentoring, community activities, and other creative solutions to ensure our clients continue to progress even while expelled. Providing these services also serves as mitigation in delinquency proceedings. Students continue to advocate for our clients for the entire period of expulsion. In some cases, students also advocate for the special educational needs of our clients. This advocacy involves attending meetings with the school, encouraging parents to request special education evaluations, and ensuring our clients are receiving the services required by their Individualized Education Programs.
For the first half of the semester, class time is devoted to effective client-centered lawyering when representing adolescents, including training on investigation, developing a theory of the case, and trial skills. Additional class sessions address topics such as: (1) race and the juvenile justice system, and (2) the connection between individual representation and systemic reform. This clinic is open only to J.D. students. Permission of the instructors required. J. Forman, M. Gohara, and E. Shaffer.
Course Bidding: In addition to listing this clinic among experiential course selections, interested students should submit a statement briefly describing why they would like to take the clinic; what, if any, experience or interest they may have with regard to classroom teaching, school discipline, juvenile justice, or criminal justice; and what they expect or would like to do after graduation. Students should include their name and year in law school. The statements should be uploaded by June 26, 4:30 p.m. Students will be selected for the class upon review of their submissions. Listing this course and submitting materials constitutes authorization for the Registrar’s Office to release a copy of the student’s YLS transcript to the instructor.
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; or SFALP (New Haven Corp Counsel section only).