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Empowerment, Innovation, and Service: Law School Programs Provide Access to Justice and Instill a Commitment to Serve


Dale Margolin Cecka


University of Richmond School of Law

Steven K. Berenson


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Lisa V. Martin


Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law

Karen Pearlman Raab


Drexel University School of Law

Maryann Zavez


affiliation not provided to SSRN

October 1, 2010

Family Court Review, Vol. 48, No. 4, p. 672, October 2010

Abstract:     
Law schools around the country seek to fill the legal needs of their communities in ways that are both innovative and mutually beneficial to clients and students. This article describes five pro bono and clinical programs, at the University of Richmond School of Law, The Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University, Catholic University Columbus School of Law, the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Vermont Law School, where law students, under the supervision of law professors or community professionals, provide assistance or legal representation to underserved and often marginalized populations needing help with family law problems, including parents accused of abuse and neglect, youth aging out of foster care, homeless families, survivors of domestic violence, homeless veterans with addiction problems, and female prisoners. To develop their programs, the five law schools from the outset collaborated with partners in the community, and they continue to do so as their programs expand and evolve. In addition to helping and empowering clients, these law schools are providing experiential learning opportunities that are transformative for their students. The authors hope that these programs will be instructive for law schools, other academic institutions, the legal community, and community organizations in developing creative collaborations to ensure better access to justice.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: clinic, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, family law, innovative, direct representation, holistic, underserved

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Date posted: March 4, 2012  

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Cecka, Dale Margolin and Berenson, Steven K. and Martin, Lisa V. and Pearlman Raab, Karen and Zavez, Maryann, Empowerment, Innovation, and Service: Law School Programs Provide Access to Justice and Instill a Commitment to Serve (October 1, 2010). Family Court Review, Vol. 48, No. 4, p. 672, October 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2015684

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Dale Margolin Cecka (Contact Author)
University of Richmond School of Law ( email )
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
United States
Steven K. Berenson
Thomas Jefferson School of Law ( email )
1155 Island Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
619-961-4205 (Phone)
Lisa V. Martin
Catholic University of America (CUA) - Columbus School of Law ( email )
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE
Washington, DC 20064
United States
Karen Pearlman Raab
Drexel University School of Law ( email )
3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.earlemacklaw.drexel.edu/academics/pro-bono/
Maryann Zavez
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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