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Education Law Clinic

The Education Law Clinic advocates for families with children in K-12 navigate the school disciplinary and special education systems. Overall, the clinic also works with community partners on policy issues to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

Referrals come from Family Court as well as from Duquesne Law's Juvenile Defender Clinic. 

Intensive training helps students understand the collateral consequences that can result from the inception of a delinquency case and learn the technique of zealous written and oral advocacy in the context of administrative school hearings.

Students who are not certified will be paired with certified students. 

Doctoral-level students from Duquesne's school psychology program and master's-level social work students from the University of Pittsburgh provide assistance to clients as part of the team defense or holistic representation.

Students may, when appropriate, cross-train with the Juvenile Defender Clinic. Student lawyers will have regular, ongoing client relationships and maintain a regular caseload made up of a variety of cases in order to get a variety of experiences. 

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Clinic News

Tiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education receives Robert Wood Johnson award
Duquesne Law News

Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore receives the Passion Meets the Road Award
for her outstanding service through the Education Law and Juvenile Defender Clinic

Vision Towards Peace

From schools to jail: How hundreds of kids get arrested in Pittsburgh schools each year
Public Source

Facing armed officers in local schools
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Education Law Clinic students participate in national event
Duquesne Law News

Prof. Sizemore-Thompson discusses repercussions of school district's hoodie ban
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Front-page story details plans for Education Law Clinic
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Editorial lauds Education Law Clinic's service to area families
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Education Law Clinic at work for parents, students 
DU Times