The Child and Family Litigation Clinic develops core legal skills through representing
the child in context.
Broadly grouped as "child advocacy," clinic cases offer practice in "holistic" child
- Child abuse and neglect
- Foster care
- Child custody, paternity, and adoption
- Education or mental health
- Public benefits, such as TennCare
- Any legal forum necessary to meet each child's needs
Student attorneys also experience the variety of roles and responsibilities required:
in one case representing a child's best interests; in another representing a child's
legal interests or expressed wishes; or in another scenario, representing the child's
parent to promote the child's welfare. In addition to developing core legal skills,
student attorneys participate in problem-solving, co-counseling, collaboration, meeting
facilitation, and multidisciplinary consultation and practice essential in today's
Through giving a vulnerable population a "voice" in the legal system, the Child and
Family Litigation Clinic awakens within students who will be tomorrow's litigators,
advocates, lawmakers, and judges a spirit of compassion, sense of fairness, and understanding
of equal justice.
Faculty: Christina A. Zawisza, Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Child and Family Litigation Clinic
To view a detailed brochure regarding Collateral Consequences of being a Juvenile
Delinquent in Tennessee, please click on the brochure below.