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Children’s Rights Clinic

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Photo of Student Attorney, Brooke Ginsburg, Supervising Attorney Leslie Strauch and Student Attorney, Rebeca Ojeda

Children's Rights Clinic jury trial team (l-r) Student Attorney Brooke Ginsburg, '14, Supervising Attorney Leslie Strauch and Student Attorney Rebeca Ojeda, '15

Students represent children in Travis County District Court as student attorneys ad litem in cases in which the state seeks custody or termination of parental rights based on allegations of abuse and neglect. Although the supervising attorneys sign pleadings drafted by the students and accompany the students to formal proceedings, the student attorneys sit “first chair” at hearings, depositions, mediations, and trial appearances, and they research and prepare cases as the primary attorneys.