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Child Welfare Appellate Clinic

Students in the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic will get an opportunity to improve their writing, research, and oral advocacy skills by representing parents in direct appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals of orders terminating their parental rights. Students, working in teams of two, will handle all aspects of the appellate case including reviewing the record, researching the legal issues, preparing the brief, and handling the oral argument. Students may also have an opportunity to work on drafting amicus briefs and applications to the Michigan Supreme Court. The four-credit graded clinic will be co-taught by clinical professors Vivek Sankaran and Josh Kay, along with legal practice professor Tim Pinto. There are no prerequisites for the course.


Prof. Josh Kay

Prof. Tim Pinto

Prof. Vivek Sankaran


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