Juvenile Defender Clinic
The Juvenile Defender Clinic represents children in Allegheny County’s juvenile delinquency court, and provides law students with the opportunity to advocate for children in every aspect of delinquency cases, including pretrial motions and litigation, investigation, admission or trial, disposition, and post-disposition motions and hearings.
Students work under the supervision of Professor Tiffany Sizemore to offer traditional defense representation, including expungement of juvenile records, regardless of a client’s current age (but with individuals over age 18 subject to income guidelines), and defense for juveniles with protection from abuse (PFA) orders filed against them.
The clinic is Allegheny County’s only no-cost provider of PFA defense representation for juveniles, and one of the few no-cost providers for juvenile expungement representation. The clinic offers holistic representation, including the assistance of master-level social work students and mental health professionals, as needed.
Juvenile defense is a specialized area of law, and students are trained accordingly, with an intensive training period at the beginning of the semester and ongoing training throughout the year.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education Tiffany Sizemore receives the Passion Meets the Road Award
for her outstanding service through the Juvenile Defender and Education Law Clinics
Vision Towards Peace
Professor Tiffany Sizemore speaks at a Restorative Justice meeting
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