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Family Advocacy

Develop your civil litigation skills while addressing one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time -- access to quality education for children in the special education system.

Under the supervision of Professor Leah Hill, a Fulbright Scholar and former Legal Aid attorney, you will independently interview and counsel clients, review and analyze records, draft and file pleadings, argue on the record in impartial hearings, conduct hearings from beginning to end -- deliver opening statements, call witnesses, submit evidence and deliver closing statements -- and write appeals.

We have won favorable decisions in every special education case we've litigated.  Our work has also been featured in the National Law Journal and New York Law Journal.

In the Family Advocacy Clinic, you can develop marketable legal skills and make a difference. 

The past five years I spent litigating cases and investigating civil rights claims have been incredibly rewarding. The Family Advocacy Clinic was instrumental in helping me develop valuable, practical lawyering skills that prepared me well for my career in public service.

-- Bernard Dufresne, Attorney at U.S. Department of Education,
Office for Civil Rights,
Family Advocacy Clinic 2011

The clinic utilizes a unique, fully integrated interdisciplinary model that Fordham pioneered.  Law Students collaborate with social work interns, supervised by Kathy Ho, Graduate of USC School of Social Work and licensed social worker in CA and NY, to obtain optimal results for families through civil litigation and advocacy.