Two Heads are Better than One: The Case-Based Rationale for Dual Disciplinary Teaching in Child Advocacy Clinics

Florida Costal Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 631, 2006

University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 73

55 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2010 Last revised: 16 Dec 2012

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Christina A. Zawisza

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

adela beckerman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Increasingly, teaching a future lawyer in a child advocacy clinic without a social worker is like teaching a future horticulturist without live plants or a future architect without blueprints. In the context of three waves of legal education, this article addresses the benefits of offering a child advocacy clinic staffed by a lawyer and a social work in order to promote three values: interdisciplinary legal education, creative problem solving and therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) principles. It makes a case-based rationale rather than arguing from a macrosystem perspective. A hypothetical Bonnie’s case is used to describe, first, how the traditional law school curriculum would address her case and then how traditional clinical legal education might address her case. The article explores how a jointly taught clinic could enhance these traditional methods by substantially improve outcomes for Bonnie through marrying interdisciplinarity, creative problem solving and TJ.

Suggested Citation

Zawisza, Christina A. and beckerman, adela, Two Heads are Better than One: The Case-Based Rationale for Dual Disciplinary Teaching in Child Advocacy Clinics (2006). Florida Costal Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 631, 2006, University of Memphis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 73, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1709576

Christina A. Zawisza (Contact Author)

University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law ( email )

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Adela Beckerman

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