Child Advocacy Clinic
5 Credit Hours
Cynthia Batt, Associate Professor
Laura Snell, Senior Assistant Public Defender
Sixth Judicial Circuit
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.
• Public Defender's Office 6th Judicial Circuit (Clearwater)
• 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).
• 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.
• 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.)