The course examines the substantive and procedural rights of children in a variety of legal contexts. As legal interns certified by the Ohio Supreme Court, students will each represent at least two juvenile clients. Cases may fall into any of the following areas of law: juvenile delinquency, abuse, neglect or dependency, appeals, immigration, or special education. Special attention is given to the constitutional, jurisprudential, and statutory foundations of children’s rights and to the practical value of such rights in improving the lives of children.
Students are responsible for all aspects of client representation, including client meetings, pretrial hearings, motions and motion hearings, trial and any appellate work. Class time is utilized to hone lawyering skills within a substantive context while developing an approach to the thoughtful and ethical practice of law.