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Students make immediate impact in Justice for Children Clinic

September 6, 2013 | Students

What has the Justice for Children Clinic been up to since fall semester started on Aug. 19?

“In the first 10 days, eight students have assumed responsibility for a dozen current clinic clients and have accepted five new clients. Six students already have already appeared in court,” reported Kimberly Jordan, director of the Justice for Children Program.

3L Priya Sonty drafted pleadings for a new case, obtained an emergency hearing, and drove two hours on an early Wednesday morning to attend that hearing. Her client was successful in getting a temporary custody order so that a child can attend the first day of school next week.

Fellow 3Ls Daniel Inscore, Tasha Miracle, and David Plumb represented four new clients at preliminary hearings last week and were successful in getting a young man released from detention. Inscore also prepared for a contested hearing and conducted direct examination of two important witnesses.

The clinic is handling more complex cases than ever before this semester, Jordan said. “Our Moritz students are rising to the  challenge and providing high-quality, invaluable legal representation,” she added.