Children and Youth Law Clinic

Children and Youth Clinic

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The Children & Youth Law Clinic (CYLC) is an in-house, live-client clinic that represents children in foster care and former foster youth in dependency, health care, mental health, disability, independent living, education, immigration and other general civil legal matters, ensuring that they have a voice in court proceedings.

Under the supervision of three Florida-licensed attorneys, approximately 24 second and third year law students each year assume primary responsibility for all aspects of a client's case. Students learn fundamental lawyering skills, substantive law and professional ethics.

The Clinic's goals are to:

  • Train students in fundamental lawyering skills, with an emphasis on learning from experience.
  • Instill in students high standards of ethics and professional responsibility.
  • Provide high quality, professional and zealous representation to our clients.
  • Foster students' ability to engage in self-reflection and introspective professional development.
  • Enhance students' understanding of how legal doctrine and institutions operate in individual cases.
  • Encourage students to consider public interest careers, and generally emphasize the value of public service.

Many cases have impact beyond the individual clients served by the Clinic. The Clinic views its educational mission as one in which students do not just learn the law, they help make the law. The Clinic is also an integral player in Florida's children's legal services community, engaging in statewide impact litigation, law reform advocacy and community lawyering.

Optimizing its position within the University for the benefit of the wider community, the Clinic participates in interdisciplinary research, provides training and technical assistance for lawyers, judges, and other professionals, and produces legal scholarship and practice materials on the legal needs of children, with an emphasis on older foster youth.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Children and Youth Law Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, Suite F305
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305-284-3123
Fax: 305-284-4384
E-mail: cylcemail@law.miami.edu

VIDEOS

Clinic Director Bernie Perlmutter gives an overview of this clinic. Hear the student perspective on why this clinic is an amazing experience.

FACULTY & STAFF
Clinic Directors

Professor Bernard Perlmutter
Professor Kele Stewart

Lecturer/Practitioner-in-Residence
Robert Latham, Esq.

Support Staff
Angela Galiano, Paralegal
305-284-3123
agaliano@law.miami.edu
Mary Cruz, Legal Assistant
305-284-3123
mcruz1@law.miami.edu

CONTACT INFORMATION

Children and Youth Law Clinic
University of Miami School of Law
1311 Miller Drive, Suite F305
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Phone: 305-284-3123
Fax: 305-284-4384
E-mail: cylcemail@law.miami.edu

VIDEOS

Clinic Director Bernie Perlmutter gives an overview of this clinic. Hear the student perspective on why this clinic is an amazing experience.

FACULTY & STAFF
Clinic Directors

Professor Bernard Perlmutter
Professor Kele Stewart

Lecturer/Practitioner-in-Residence
Robert Latham, Esq.

Support Staff
Angela Galiano, Paralegal
305-284-3123
agaliano@law.miami.edu
Mary Cruz, Legal Assistant
305-284-3123
mcruz1@law.miami.edu