Child Advocacy Clinic

5 Credit Hours

Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education

Adjunct Professor:
Ari Weisberg, 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 were 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:
• 213 hours per semester;
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Center;
• 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 Criminal Procedure (Florida Criminal Proceduren OR Federal Criminal Procedure [adjudication or investigation]);
• Successful completion of Family Law preferred but not required; and
• Must have received 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. 

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see; 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.)