Indian Child Welfare – 7098
Fall 2012** Multi-semester course
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Clinic was offered for the first time in the fall of 1996. It gives students practical experience in handling family law and juvenile law cases that involve the federal ICWA statute.
Weekly classroom sessions are held in conjunction with the Child Advocacy Clinic and cover such topics as interviewing, negotiation, and motion practice. Students handle two to three cases over two semesters. Cases are referred from the Indian Child Welfare Law Center and students work closely with Shannon Smith, the Executive Director of ICWA, and other Center staff attorneys. These cases are selected to provide students with a variety of substantive and procedural experiences. The clinic course is a two-semester program beginning in the fall semester. Students earn a total of four credits allocated over two semesters.