Third-year law students, with a legal intern license, advocate for survivors in a variety of settings.
As part of a collaboration with the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati, students represent clients from the initial interview through trial. Students also represent clients in post-trial matters when necessary to accomplish an equitable result. For example, students have filed objections to decisions and drafted, filed, and argued contempt and other post-trial motions. Students also draft briefs when cases are appealed to the First Appellate District Court and, when an argument is scheduled during the academic year, a student argues the case.
Students participate as domestic violence advocates in other ways, as well. For example, students conducted research and assisted in writing an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in Abbott v. Abbott, involving custody rights under the Hauge convention when. In addition, when the YWCA shelter was threatened with loss of funding, two clinic students testified before the Cincinnati City Council, which voted to restore funding.
Second-year students may participate in the clinic as part of the course Client Counseling in the Domestic Violence Context. While they cannot be licensed as legal interns in Ohio, second-year students participate in interviewing, case preparation and all other aspects of clinic work.
The Clinic experience is consistently ranked as one of students' best law school experiences because of the rewarding work.