This program enables participating students to gain practical lawyering skills and become acquainted with the substantive legal principles associated with many of the issues dealt with in Tennessee juvenile courts. Students who enroll in this clinic will be certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court under Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 7, § 10.03 to provide legal services under the supervision of a licensed attorney who will be assigned by the Co-Directors. Students will represent actual clients in actual proceedings before the Juvenile Court of Nashville and Davidson County. In addition to enhancing their skills, students will help make sure that parents who could not otherwise afford to retain an attorney have competent legal representation in proceedings that significantly affect the family. The usual cases deal with visitation modifications and occasionally custody issues. Juvenile Court Custody hearings are held on Tuesday nights. After an introductory period that meets each Tuesday in August or January, students must be available to participate on at least one Tuesday night per month (dates to be determined), as well as conduct other work independently. 4L students begin this class in August. 3L students begin this class in January.
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