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Catholic University's Families and the Law Clinic is
Profiled as Among the Nation's Leaders by Prominent Journal


The Families and the Law Clinic at the Columbus School of Law has been spotlighted as one of the five most innovative law school clinics focusing on family law issues in the most recent issue of the Family Court Review, Vol. 48, Issue 4, 599–726 (Oct. 2010).  
The profile of the clinic was written and submitted for publication by Professor Lisa Martin (left), one of its three supervising professors. 
The full article, “Ensuring Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants,” selected just five such programs from law schools around the nation to hold out as model examples of programs that help students develop lawyering skills while focusing on cases involving domestic violence and family law issues.
Enrolling about 20 Catholic University law students per semester, Martin described the mission of the Families and the Law Clinic this way:
FALC’s twin goals are: (1) to provide an excellent educational opportunity for students, which develops litigation, advocacy, and other lawyering skills, encourages contemplation of the impact of racism, sexism, and class bias in the context of the legal system, and instills a commitment to social justice and pro bono service; and (2) to combat domestic violence in the community on an individual and a systemic level. To reach these goals, FALC students and faculty provide legal services to individual clients and engage in systemic advocacy through community education projects.
The article in Family Court Review also discussed the clinic’s innovative outreach program to teach area teenagers about what constitutes as dating violence, as well as recent community projects that FALC students have participated in, such as the D.C. Bar’s Attorney Negotiator Project in D.C. Family Court.
It was edited by Amy G. Applegate, director of the Viola J. Taliaferro Family and Children Mediation Clinic at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The full article is forthcoming on Lexis and Westlaw.