(2) credit clinic/non-graded; (2) credit classroom graded, Full Year Course
Professors Lisa Rivera and Kim Susser
The Domestic Violence Field placement is the product of a partnership between New York Law School and the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG). The Clinic, taught by Adjunct Professors Kim Susser and Lisa Rivera, provides students with an exciting, well-supervised, hands-on clinical experience. Clinic students, working in pairs, represent clients in family offense and visitation matters in the Queens and Manhattan family courts. Students have the opportunity to handle cases from inception to final disposition, including conducting client interviews, seeking orders of protection, negotiating settlements, making all court appearances, and, where indicated, taking the case to trial. Clinic students enroll in the domestic violence placement and in a two-credit seminar component which meets at the NYLAG office in mid-town. The seminar provides clinic students with substantive knowledge in aspects of family, matrimonial, immigration, and criminal law relevant to the practice portion of the course. In addition, students will be introduced to the integration of law and psychology specific to intimate violence and participate in skills classes in interviewing, safety planning, case preparation, evidence gathering, legal writing, trial advocacy and negotiation skills. This two-semester course maximizes each student's opportunity to fully service each client while maintaining continuous client representation on sensitive legal matters.