Child Advocacy Clinic
3-5 Credit Hours
(variable option for 3-5 credits [preference 4-5]. Each credit requires 42.5 hours)
Christine Cerniglia, Assiociate Professor and Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
Ari Weisberg, 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 were 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)
• 42.5 hours per credit;
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Criminal Justice Center;
• For scheduling purposes, the Child Advocacy Clinic has adjudicatory hearings/trials on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning at 1:00pm, and Fridays at 9:00am. Students are encouraged to be available for 2 of those timeslots;
• Detailed weekly timesheets; and
• Multiple reflective papers.
• 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 one upper-level Criminal Procedure course (Florida Criminal Procedure 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.
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, see the Clinics and Externships Page); 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.)