The Education Advocacy Clinic is the nation’s first clinic specifically developed for undergraduate students in a BA in Law program. Clinic students gain direct experience in juvenile and family advocacy while working within one of our projects, such as the Education Advocacy Project and Destruction of Juvenile Records. During clinic seminars, students meet a variety of professionals, including judges, attorneys, social workers, juvenile probation officers, and non-profit leaders.
The role of students is comparable to that of junior staff in a legal services organization. Student work includes:
· Conducting intake and screening phone calls
· Researching court documents and education records
· Meeting with members of the public to provide information and assistance
· Creating Know-Your-Rights materials
“I will forever remember my experiences and fully believe this is the class that I have learned the most in my educational career.”
Education Advocacy Project
In Fall 2021, the clinic launched the Education Advocacy Project (EAP), which serves parents and students in Tucson’s public schools by providing information and support with special education and school discipline issues. Under state and federal law, students have important rights, but enforcing these rights and navigating the administrative structure of schools can be challenging. Under the supervision of clinical faculty, students working with EAP may assist families by attending meetings with them and conducting outreach to school officials, as well as preparing and providing informational materials regarding education rights.
Destruction of Juvenile Records
In Arizona, records of juvenile offenses are public, even after a young person has completed the requirements of the juvenile court and the case is completed. As a result, it can be difficult for adults with juvenile records to find work or get housing. But under certain conditions, the juvenile court can order these records to be destroyed. Clinic students working on the Destruction of Records Project help with the applications for record destruction. Students may also conduct research and prepare informational materials regarding fines and fees for juvenile adjudications, as well as other related projects that arise. This clinic project partners with attorneys from the Pima County Public Defender, Juvenile Division.
- Credits: 3
- Requirements: Application, including resume; preference given to juniors and seniors in BA in Law program.
- Grading: standard A/B/C (etc.)
- Application Instructions: Students should apply through the College of Law’s clinic application.
Diana Newmark is an associate clinical professor of law with a joint appointment as an assistant professor of practice in the College of Education and faculty fellow in the College of Education’s Education Policy Center. Newmark joins the University of Arizona from Harvard Law School, where she was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law. 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. She received her JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law and BA in philosophy from Columbia University. Before attending law school, Newmark taught special education for four years in the Bronx, New York.