Consider applying to the Child Advocacy Seminar and/or Externship. The goal of this program is to train law students on child welfare issues so they are prepared to advocate on behalf of children in Colorado. An information session on this program will be held on March 2 at 12pm in room 270. The deadline to apply for the externship specifically is March 22.
There are many different ways to become involved:
A) Enroll only in the 2-credit in class Introduction to Child Advocacy seminar for fall, which is taught by Betsy Fordyce, a child welfare lawyer with experience both at the National Association for the Counsel of Children and the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center. Students can then enroll for a 2-credit Advanced Child Advocacy seminar in the spring. If you choose this option, no application is needed.
B) Enroll in the 2-credit in class Child Advocacy seminar AND apply to participate in a corresponding externship/field placement that is focused on child welfare. Placement options for Fall 2016 include:
- Adams County Attorney’s Office-Human Services Division located in Denver: The office engages in child protection law, prosecutes Dependency and Neglect cases, initiates and enforces child support orders, and initiates adult protection guardianships and conservatorships. 2Ls welcome to apply and students who have completed 60 credits by fall 2016 can be admitted to practice under the Student Practice Act. This can be a 1 or 2 semester placement.
- Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative: OCR is a state agency charged with improving best interest representation for Colorado’s children. This can be a 1 or 2 semester placement.
- Denver City Attorney’s Office-Human Services Legal Section: The office handles prosecution of child neglect and abuse; termination of parental rights and adoption; establishment and collection of child support obligations; and juvenile delinquency, among other issues. This can be a 1 or 2 semester placement.
- National Association of Counsel for Children: The NACC works to ensure that children are provided with well resourced, high quality legal counsel when their welfare is at stake and to enhance the quality of legal services affecting children by establishing standards of practice and providing training, education, and technical assistance. This can be a 1 or 2 semester placement.
- Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, 2 different program options available:
i. Dependency and Neglect: This unit serves as guardian ad litems for children who have been abused and/or neglected. Only students who have completed 60 credits by fall 2016 can apply for this program and then be admitted to practice under the Student Practice Act. Due to the nature of the cases, students must commit to 2 semesters to work in this unit.
ii. Domestic Violence: This unit advocates for children in civil protection order hearings; in each of these cases, children have experienced domestic violence in their home. 2Ls and 3Ls welcome to apply. Students who have completed 60 credits by fall 2016 can be admitted to practice under the Student Practice Act. This can be a 1 or 2 semester placement.
For detailed information on the placements, the program, and how to apply for an externship, visit http://www.law.du.edu/documents/legal-externship-program/types/Child-Advocacy.pdf, join us at the info session March 2, or email email@example.com