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Student Work

The Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic of the Legal Services Center focuses on offering clients legal assistance on divorce, domestic violence, paternity, child and spousal support, adoption, and guardianship.

The Family Law Clinic addresses issues of custody, visitation, child and spousal support, health and life insurance, and the equitable division of marital property and debt in the context of divorce, paternity, modification, contempt, guardianship, and adoption actions. The Clinic also provides a broad range of direct legal services to the LGBT community, with a particular emphasis on family-related legal issues (custody, support and visitation, and second-parent adoptions) and estate planning (wills, powers of attorneys, partnership agreements) to ensure that same-sex partners and families are legally protected.

The Domestic Violence Clinic focuses on abuse prevention, safety, and making sure that domestic violence is not a barrier to a client’s legal rights regarding custody, property division, and other aspects of family and domestic relations.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct factual and legal research
  • Interview clients
  • Draft complaints and other legal documents
  • Draft and respond to discovery requests
  • Negotiate with opposing parties and counsel
  • Argue motions and represent clients in district court and family and probate court
  • Develop and present trainings and workshops

These clinics are part of the Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC’s diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second- and third-year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of clinical instructors and fellows in one of LSC’s litigation clinical practices.

ClinicTalk Podcast (Available to HLS Students Only)

Title Date Length Category

Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic

2016 ClinicTalks Series

Clinical Fellow Stephanie Davidson and HLS Students Suria Bahadue, Alison Burton, and Lauren Weinberger

02/10/2016
34:27 Audio Play

How to Register

The clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits, additional requirements, and the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.

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Faculty and Staff

Nnena E.J. Odim
(Senior Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Stephanie Davidson
(Clinical Fellow)

Contact

Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic
WilmerHale Legal Services Center
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-3003
Visit Clinic’s Website