Fall 2020
6234 Juvenile Representation II - DOW,KATYA/FISHER- 26286

Professor(s): Katya Dow (OTHER FACULTY)
Judge Dena Fisher (ADJUNCT)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Criminal Law 
Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships

Time: ARRANGED    Location:  

Course Outline: Dual-status youth (also often referred to as Crossover Youth) are juveniles who are involved in both the Juvenile Justice system as well as the child welfare system. Students will be trained to represent and advocate for juveniles who are in contact with two different legal systems.
Students will be assigned to delinquency cases for dual-status youth and will be responsible for handling all legal aspects of the delinquency case under the supervision of the supervising attorney. Students will learn the law in a real-life context and develop professional and problem-solving skills. Students will be exposed to a wide range of cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. Students will have the opportunity to investigate cases, interview witnesses and prepare cases for trial.

Students will also learn about the CPS system and factors in this system that impact the delinquency cases and the youth that are facing charges.

The clinic will consist of a classroom component and a practical component. The classroom component will focus on case preparation, negotiating the CPS system, advocacy skills and ethical considerations.

The practical component will allow students to handle different aspects of real cases including appearing in court, negotiating plea agreements and preparing cases for trial.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   The instructor for this course has expressed a preference to operate the course as distance education. This means no physical classroom is assigned for this course. This also most likely means synchronous internet videoconferencing class sessions during the day(s) and time(s) when the course is scheduled to meet. However, other, more flexible modalities are possible, such as not using some of the scheduled class sessions to meet but instead supplementing with asynchronous distance education techniques. More details should be made available from the instructor via their syllabus or via other means as the start of the semester nears.

Quota= 5
This course is Pass/Fail.
Students must obtain permission from Judge Fisher to enroll in this course. Her email address is dfisher2@central.uh.edu


First Day Assignments: Class Material
Procedures - Juvenile Records Sealing Student Training 2020

Final Exam Schedule:    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election: Conditional Availability (not for required credits)

Course Materials (8/10/2020 2:16:00 PM)

No book required for this course

Materials will be made available in class and/or via e-mail.