The Bronfein Family Law Clinic represents clients seeking assistance on family law matters who are low-income, from Baltimore City, and many have experienced intimate partner abuse, and/or are LGBTQIA. Some of our cases include representing clients with novel family law issues, including non-biological parents formerly in same-sex partnerships who seek to establish their legal parentage despite gender and marriage impediments; clients who need lawyers because they cannot manage the family court system on their own; and clients with children who require special immigrant juvenile status in the U.S. to avoid return to their unsafe home country and an abusive or neglectful parent.
As a sample of student work, over two semesters in the clinic, the student attorneys accomplished the following:
Student attorneys appeared in court on behalf of clients many times, including protective order hearings, divorce trials, and child custody hearings. They drafted and filed multiple court documents including divorce, child custody, and/or child support complaints and motions. Student attorneys had countless client meetings, interviews and legal counseling sessions. They drafted numerous legal research and other memos. Student attorneys presented oral and written testimony multiple times before the Maryland General Assembly. They organized and presented an expert panel and prepared and distributed a legal information pamphlet for attorneys on legal parentage in Maryland. And student attorneys drafted and made multiple privacy information act requests to monitor compliance with newly passed legislation regarding reproductive health care for pregnant inmates.
As a student attorney in the FLC, you are guaranteed at least one court appearance, but many students have two or more. You will interview multiple clients, conduct fact investigation, and counsel your clients regarding legal issues. Depending upon the status of your clients' matters, you may propound discovery and conduct a full trial, including the introduction of evidence.