Students in the Youth Justice Clinic develop important lawyering and other skills representing children, youthful offenders, parents/guardians, or other interested stakeholders in delinquency appeals, sentencing challenges, or other cases or causes that present youth justice issues. The clinic’s work seeks to supplement traditional juvenile court delinquency representation with a range of advocacy efforts in various venues to address the special needs, vulnerabilities, and capacities of youth.

Clinic students handle various aspects of advocacy and representation, such as: drafting appellate briefs and other litigation-related documents; developing and implementing case strategies and plans; engaging with clients, parents/guardians, and youth justice partners; negotiating with adversaries and others; and advancing youth-centered arguments in appellate courts and other settings.

NOTE REGARDING FALL 2021 CLINIC

The clinic description above applies to the 10-credit Youth Justice Clinic that will be taught by Professor Quinn. In Fall 2021, a separate 10-credit section of Youth Justice Clinic, subtitled the Child Refugee Humanitarian Assistance Project, will be taught by Professor Campbell. Students in that section will provide critical humanitarian legal assistance to refugee children in the United States. Under the director’s supervision, students will represent immigrant children in obtaining humanitarian relief through applications filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or by representing former or current unaccompanied minors in asylum appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Students in the Child Refugee Humanitarian Assistance Project section may work on the following types of cases:

  • U visa applications (humanitarian visas for crime victims);
  • T visa applications (humanitarian visas for trafficking victims);
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status applications (permanent resident applications for abused, abandoned, or neglected children);
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) applications (permanent resident applications for children that have been abused by their Permanent Resident or US Citizen parent or step-parent);
  • Administrative appeals of asylum denials before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA); and
  • Petitions for Review with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals of asylum denials by the BIA.

Students working on Project cases will learn critical legal skills related to providing humanitarian legal assistance to refugee children. There will be a special focus on how to competently and zealously represent clients who are (or were) unaccompanied, abused, neglected, or abandoned refugee minors in humanitarian immigration matters in a trauma-informed and culturally-competent manner. 

Contacting the Youth Justice Clinic

If you are seeking legal assistance, please call (202) 274-5073.

Youth Justice Clinic
UDC David A. Clarke School of Law
4340 Connecticut Avenue NW, Room 301
Washington, DC 20008

Tel: (202) 274-5073
Fax: (202) 274-5569

Clinic Director: Professor Mae Quinn