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Litigation Clinic: Family Justice and Immigration

Interns participating in the Family Justice and Immigration practice area of the Litigation Clinic provide representation in domestic relations and related immigration cases, focusing on serving children and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

This practice concentration is the capstone experience for students interested in Washburn Law's Children and Family Law Center, providing them an exciting and rewarding method to learn about the actual practice of family law.

Interns represent clients in a wide variety of family law and related immigration matters, and each year's caseload varies based on student learning goals and client need. Examples of the types of cases interns have handled include:

  • Divorces
  • Paternity actions
  • Adoptions
  • Guardianships
  • Emancipations
  • U Visa Petitions (for victims of serious crime)
  • T Visa Petitions (for victims of human trafficking)
  • Petitions for Special Immigration Juvenile Status (for abused, abandoned, and neglected children)

Family law practice takes place almost entirely in state district courts and is a model for civil law practice in general. The clinic’s immigration practice takes place before federal agencies and provides a model for other administrative law areas. Many clients in this practice area are victims of crime, including domestic violence. Thus, interns learn to counsel clients dealing with domestic violence and apply remedies available to protect victims of abuse.

Students in each section of the Litigation Clinic will interview clients, pursue fact investigation, develop case strategies, counsel clients, prepare and respond to pleadings, engage in discovery and negotiations, and represent clients in court and/or administrative agencies. Interns are the primary counsel on their cases with coaching and mentorship from faculty.

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Photograph: Gillian Chadwick.

Gillian Chadwick
Associate Professor of Law