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IU McKinney School of Law Students Become CASAs

Posted by Ty Spisak on September 4th, 2019

In the fall of 2016, Child Advocates began a partnership with the IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI to offer The Child Advocacy Clinic. Recently, the seventh class of students officially became CASAs (court appointed special advocates), met their staff advocates and received their first cases. For the last two semesters, students have also received case assignments from Kids Voice of Indiana. Child Advocates Chief Counsel, Carey Haley Wong has been a co-adjunct professor of this program along with Nicole Goodson since the program’s inception.

“The Child Advocacy Law Clinic is a great opportunity for second and third year law students to gain real life experience advocating for children,” said Haley Wong. “This type of law can be particularly difficult, and this immersive experience can really help propel our future lawyers with the insight they need as they choose their career paths.”

The Child Advocacy Law Students will spend time throughout the semester interacting with the children on their cases, other parties and in the courtroom. Additionally, students will take coursework in the classroom, focusing on legal issues faced by the children in the child welfare system.