The Education Advocacy Clinic works to enforce public school students’ rights by providing information, support, and legal services to children in Tucson's K-12 schools. The Clinic has a particular focus on serving children who are involved in juvenile delinquency, child welfare, or immigration matters. Clinic legal services include representation in school discipline and special education matters.
The Education Advocacy Clinic accepts students from the J.D., M.L.S., and B.A. in Law programs. Students in the clinic work together on education advocacy cases, supervised by Clinic Director and Associate Clinical Professor of Law Diana Newmark. Clinic students also participate in a weekly seminar, discussing topics in juvenile law, education, and the school-to-prison pipeline. Clinic students work directly with clients and have the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals working in education and juvenile law.
“I will forever remember my experiences and fully believe this is the class that I have learned the most in my educational career.”
Info for Students
- Credits: 3
- Requirements: Application
- Grading: standard A/B/C (etc.)
- Application Instructions: J.D. students should apply through the College of Law’s clinic application. B.A. and M.L.S. students should reach out to Professor Newmark for an application.
Diana Newmark is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, where she directs the Education Advocacy Clinic. Professor Newmark previously was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she was a staff attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. She also served as a Skadden Fellow at The Legal Aid Society in the Bronx, New York, where she represented court-involved children in school discipline and special education matters. Professor Newmark received her JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law and BA in philosophy from Columbia University. Before attending law school, she taught special education for four years in the Bronx, New York. In addition to her work at the University of Arizona, Professor Newmark sits on the board of directors of the Arizona Center for Disability Law.