Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic (Finck/de Luria)
MW 1:30PM - 2:50PM
Silverman Hall 52
PLEASE SEE IMPORTANT ENROLLMENT PROCEDURES FOR CLINICS AVAILABLE ON THE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTION PAGE. In addition, You may not enroll in this course if: a) you are enrolled in another clinical course, or an externship in the same semester; or b) you are responsible for 1 or more incomplete grades at the beginning of the semester without express permission from the Clinic Director. You must appear at the first meeting of the course, or you may be automatically dropped (unless you have advance permission from the instructor). The drop/add period for this course ends at 4 p.m. on the FIRST Friday of the semester - one week earlier than other courses).
Legal advocacy for children and adolescents involves a dynamic range of substantive legal issues informed by the most recent research and practice in the fields of social work, medicine and mental health. Students in the clinic represent adolescent and youth clients on a variety of matters including child welfare cases, immigration proceedings, education issues and health related matters. As part of an interdisciplinary legal team with graduate level social work students and a social work supervisor, clinic students will identify legal issues, use interdisciplinary practice skills to advocate for their clients and appear in a variety of ve. As part of the seminar, clinic students will also have access to experts and guest lecturers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice to assist with their interdisciplinary representation of clients and examination of laws and policies affecting children and families. Under Pennsylvania’s student practice rule, students will serve as primary counsel for children and youth responsible for interviewing and counseling clients, identifying legal issues, developing case theories, and providing legal representation in formal adjudicatory hearings. Working in interdisciplinary teams, students will meet regularly with the Professor and social work supervisor to receive guidance and feedback on their casework and advocacy. As part of the classroom seminar, students will develop interviewing, counseling, and oral advocacy skills through simulations and mock hearings. Students will also explore the legal and policy landscape for poor children and families with regards to child welfare, education, immigration and health care with guest lecturers from Philadelphia, CHOP and SP2. Students will work on a cornerstone policy project focusing on issues impacting children and adolescents across disciplines. Finally, students will tackle important ethical issues that arise in interdisciplinary practice with doctors, teachers and social workers. Students must appear at the first meeting of the course, or may be automatically dropped from the course (unless you have advance permission from the instructor).
The drop/add period for this course ends at 4 p.m. on the first Friday after the start of the course. Students who elect to use their enrollment in the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic toward their public service requirement (35 hours) will receive one less credit.
Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.
International and Comparative Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of international and comparative law, both substantively and procedurally; Perform legal analysis in the context of international and comparative law; Communicate effectively on topics related to international and comparative law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role of international and comparative law, and their interconnection with domestic law.
Family Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of family law; Perform legal analysis in the context of family law; Communicate effectively on topics related to family law; Demonstrate an understanding of how family law affects other areas of law.
Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
"Essential Lawyering Skills, Aspen Publishing" by Krieger & Neumann