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Family Advocacy

Prof. Leah Hill
Clinical Associate
Professor of Law,
Family Advocacy

Kathy Ho
Supervising Social Worker


Read All About It!:
The Family Advocacy Clinic was recently featured in the National Law and New York Law Journals, which detail that "law students who participate in clinics may not yet be lawyers, but their effort still has monetary value."

ADVOCATING FOR EDUCATIONAL ACCESS AND EQUITY is the mission of the Family Advocacy Clinic. As a member of this clinic, you will act as an attorney for individuals advocating for children against the City Department of Education to secure access to high quality appropriate educational services and programs for children in the special education system.  Because the special education system has a disproportionate impact on children of color, particularly African American and Latino boys, students ultimately confront one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time.


Real Clients, Real Problems, Real Practice

You will have a chance to practice law. The philosophy of the clinic is to allow students the freedom to develop their legal skills in a supportive environment through hands on experience and guidance from a faculty member with over twenty-five years of expertise in family law. Unlike the typical intern, you work directly with clients and are primarily responsible for the direction of your case. You can expect to work very hard, but the payoff is tremendous.

Interdisciplinary Practice Model

Your experience is enhanced by the clinic's interdisciplinary approach. Student attorneys collaborate with social work interns to interview clients, review and assess records, prepare for trial, locate resources for clients and develop interdisciplinary case strategies to advance the client's goals. While this approach may be standard in a medical setting, it is groundbreaking in the legal field and Fordham's Family Advocacy Clinic pioneered this unique fully integrated practice model.

Impact the Life of a Disabled Child

The most compelling reason to take the clinic is the opportunity to assist a family in need. Our clients often come to us frustrated after failing to find help for their children who have misidentified or mistreated disabilities and struggle in school. Using our interdisciplinary model, we have been extremely successful in obtaining legal remedies that help these parents get the right educational services and support for their children. Law students who've taken the clinic describe it as one of the most rewarding experiences in their law school careers.