Stetson University

Child Advocacy Clinic

5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Cynthia Batt, Associate Professor
cbatt@law.stetson.edu

Adjunct Professor:
Laura Snell, Senior Assistant Public Defender
Sixth Judicial Circuit

Program Description:
Students will work with the Public Defender Crossover Program advocating for children in dependency and delinquency court.  This opportunity allows students to understand the special dynamic of the attorney-client relationship where the client is a juvenile, and will provide them with a holistic understanding of the juvenile justice system.

Placement Locations:
• Public Defender's Office 6th Judicial Circuit (Clearwater)

Program Requirements:
• 200 hours (fall and spring), 280 hours (summer);
• Weekly classroom component;
• Weekly case review sessions;
• Detailed weekly report and timesheets; and
• Electronic journal entries (minimum of five).

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of four semesters and at least 48 credit hours;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Successful completion of Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Federal Criminal Procedure (Florida Criminal Procedure does not suffice);
• Successful completion of Family Law preferred but not required;
• Must have received a letter of approval (sometimes called a Notice of Registrant Clearance) from The Florida Board of Bar Examiners or expect to receive one at least eight weeks before participating in a clinic program (see the Certification section of this Guidebook for more details); and
• Must be certified by The Florida Supreme Court before the beginning of the semester during which the student intends to participate in a clinic program.

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see www.law.stetson.edu/clinics); and
• Timely submit additional documentation as required for this program. (Students are notified of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)

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