Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic
The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic (JDC), a clinical offering of the Barton Child Law & Policy Center, is an in-house legal clinic dedicated to providing holistic legal representation for children in delinquency and status offense proceedings.

The Juvenile Defender Clinic is open to third-year law students who are admitted to practice law under Georgia's Third-Year Practice Act. Student attorneys represent child clients in juvenile court and provide legal advocacy in the areas of school discipline, special education, mental health, and public benefits, when such advocacy is derivative of a client’s juvenile court case.  Students may also engage in research and participate in the development of public policy related to juvenile justice issues.

Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic
By allowing students to work directly with clients and take responsibility for the caseload, the Juvenile Defender Clinic aspires to help students understand the impact of the legal system on a community. Students will establish attorney-client relationships with the youths and learn to be responsible for all aspects of the client representation. Specific goals include:
  • To train law students to become skilled, ethical, and reform-minded professionals
  • To provide highly effective representation to the clinic’s clients
  • To teach law students how to think independently, synthesize facts and legal principles, and plan litigation strategies
  • To improve an adolescent’s chance of becoming a productive citizen
  • To develop a law student’s ability to analyze the substantive law and apply it to the practical courtroom experience
  • To help law students understand the impact of the legal system on a community.

Student attorneys are to uphold the principles of juvenile defense attorneys. The goal is to advocate zealously for the client, focusing on the wishes of the youth, not the parents. Students are also expected to demonstrate professional responsibility and to develop oral and written advocacy skills during the course of the semester. Students will also develop practice management, a thoroughness of case analysis, and implementation and reflective skills.

"The time I spent at the clinic over the past year taught me more about what it means to be a practicing attorney than any law school class ever could. Yet, aside from the educational aspect, what makes the clinic such a wonderful experience is that the substance of the work is incredibly fulfilling." —Aaron Shapiro 08L

Participating Students

Fall 2014: Emily Adams 15L, Rachel Berman 15L, Christopher Cook 15L, Elizabeth Johnson 15L, Mangala Kanayson 15L, A'Nia Rasheed 15L, Dana Schulman 15L, Perisha Wallace 15L

Spring 2014: Kathryn M. Aiello 14L, David Glustrom 14L, Jodi Greenberg 14L, Michael Meyer 14L, Coulter Minix 14L, Courtney Newman 14L, JoAnna Smith 14L, Vivek Upadhya 14L

Fall 2013: Kathryn M. Aiello 14L, Megan E. Ballard 14L, Yu Hsuan (Allen) Chang 14L, Jamila Coleman 14L, Shaudi Elahi Khansari 14L, Michael S. Meyer 14L, Timur A. Navruzov 14L, Meredyth L. Yoon 14L

Summer 2013: Michael Winston 15L

Spring 2013: Meghan E. Claiborne 13L, Erica J. Eding 13L, James L. Felix 13L, Amanda L. Hodgson 13L, Emily Barry Hutchins 13L, Alan J. Payne 13L, Massiel N. Silva 13L, Richard Lee Strasburger, Jr. 13L

Fall 2012: Rachel Echemendia 13L, Frances Ellenbogen 13L, Jasmine Gibbs 13L, Laura Holland 13L, Geremy Johnson 13L, Shyamal Patel 13L, Robert Pendergrass 13L, Amanda Siefman 13L

Summer 2012: Alan Khedairy 14L

Spring 2012: Grace Akan 12L, Emma Brown-Bernstein 12L, Robert Chan 12L, Natalie Dana 12L, Emily Donohoe 12L, Linda Hardyman 12L, Molly Parmer 12L, Audrey Patten 12L, Denton Poteet, Tamara Schiff 12L

Fall 2011: Emma Brown-Bernstein 12L, Robert Chan 12L, Rachel Gordon 12L, Liz Host 12L, Molly Parmer 12L, Ross Phillips 12L, Holly Sheffield 12L, Lindsay Van Houten 12L

Summer 2011: Katherine Jaenicke 12L, Tyler Keenan 13L

Spring 2011: Austin Hinkle 11L, Caleb Avraham 12L, Elizabeth Hall 11L, Emily Fedeles 11L, Erin Donohue 11L, Geeta Dharmappa 11L, Jenny Hernandez 11L, Jessica Lopez 11L, Molly Parmer 12L, Niji Jain 11L, Robert Chan 12L, Shankar Ramamurthy

Fall 2010: Jordan Cornett 12L, Sonya Diaz 12L, Erin Donohue 11L, Jessica Felfoldi 11L, Austin Hinkle 11L, Heather Little 12L, Jessica Lopez 11L, Monique McCoy-Keane 11L, Pam Rosen 10L, Lindsay Samuel 11L

Summer 2010: Ryan Richards 11L, Christina Shea 11L (Colorado Law), Emily Snyder 12L

Spring 2010: Sharonda Boyce 10L, Amanda Burns 10L, Greg Dewan 10L, Jason Esteves 10L, Reena Liebling 10L, Vanda Massa-Moniz 10L, Marcela Mateo 10L, Mark McCrone 10L, Walker McMillan 10L, Alyssa Parsons 10L, Kim Ramelow 10L

Fall 2009: Matthew Bouillon 10L, Sharonda Boyce 10L, Nicole Brisbane 10L, Willa Kalaidjian 10L, Walker McMillan 10L, Brandy Oakley 10L, Kim Ramelow 10L, Erica Tritt 10L

Summer 2009: Shannon Kyle 11L, Walker McMillan 10L

Spring 2009: Dianne Cuneo 09L, Jennifer Gibbs 09L, Megan Pulsts 09L, Mark Richardson 09L, Jessica Rosenthal 09L, Jonathan Weber 09L

Fall 2008: Danielle Barbour 09L, Ashley Chen 09L, Currey Hitchens 09L, Megan Pulsts 09L, Jessice Rosenthal 09L, Janine Willis 09L

Summer 2008: Jennifer Cox 10L, Chelsey Tulis 10L, Stefanie Winston 10L

Spring 2008: Catherine Brandt 08L, Adrea Chow 08L, Alison Schumach 08L, Aaron Shapiro 08L

Fall 2007: Chisom Ananaba 08L, Adrea Chow 08L, Ashanti Lilley 08L, Alison Schmauch 08L, Aaron Shapiro 08L

Summer 2007: Adrea Chow 08L, Shehzad Roopani 09L

Spring 2007: Esty Lobovits 07L, Montoya McGee 07L, Anna Mirshak 07L, Christina Soberon-Llort 07L, Nicole Corley (GSU MA in Social Work, 2007)

Fall 2006: Sarah Burton 07L, Janine Carson 07L, Rebekah Close LeMon 07L, Anna Mirshak 07L, Nicole Corley (GSU MA in Social Work, 2007)

Know Your Rights Program

Barton Center Know Your Rights Program

Emory Law students work with at-risk youth to inform them of their rights during encounters with law enforcement or during involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The program includes the following:

  • A comprehensive pamphlet for youth addressing communications with law enforcement officers; meeting with the intake officer, prosecutor, probation officer, defense attorney, and judge; and general tips for confidentiality.
  • Interactive skits with law students playing authority figures, such as officers and attorneys, and program attendees enacting real-life situations.
  • Follow-up discussion. 

The Know Your Rights volunteers have presented workshops at Harper Archer Middle School, Inman Middle School, the Horizons School, Shamrock Middle School, Grady High School, AIM, the Fulton County DFCS Independent Living Program, Boys and Girls Clubs, Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy, Americorps Youth Villages, and after-school programs throughout metro Atlanta.

To volunteer for the program or request a workshop, contact Randee Waldman at rwaldm2@emory.edu, or 404.727.6235.

Download the Know Your Rights Brochure »

The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic is open to third-year law students who are eligible to practice under Georgia’s third-year practice rules.

Juvenile Justice Center

Students working in the JDC will represent clients in juvenile delinquency proceedings and related matters. They may also work on current legal and policy issues affecting juveniles in the justice system. Students will prepare cases and conduct investigations. For three hours of graded credit, students work a minimum of 150 hours in the clinic.

Student attorneys participating in the JDC are expected to put in as much time as is required to successfully represent juvenile clients. Students must have the flexibility to attend evening and weekend meetings, to meet with clients after their school days have been completed, and to work within the parameters of the schedules of busy, working parents.

Students at the JDC are responsible for all aspects of matters JDC undertakes, even those aspects that do not fall neatly within scheduled time frames. While it is hoped that all matters can be scheduled so that the work can be accomplished during predictable working hours, students must be prepared to meet all responsibilities as representation demands, just as any responsible professional must. 

Students are required to keep regular office hours. Obligations for the weekly schedule include case collaboration, supervisory meetings, and weekly JDC meetings. Each student also will prepare comprehensive and detailed weekly field notes to provide opportunities to clarify in writing a sense of the work being done and reactions to advocacy experiences.

Final grades in the JDC are based on

  • Applying professional skills
  • Quality of field notes
  • Participation in weekly meetings and supervisory meetings
  • Building relationships with clients
  • Quality of courtroom advocacy on behalf of JDC's clients

How to Apply

Eligibility: The Barton Juvenile Defender Clinic is open to third-year law students who are eligible to practice under Georgia’s third-year practice rules. 

Prerequisites/Co-requisites: There are no pre-requisites or co-requisites. However, priority will be given to students who have taken Kids in Conflict with the Law, Juvenile Law, and/or Criminal Procedure.

The Application: Students may submit their application through Symplicity or by sending all requested documents to Randee Waldman via e-mail at rwaldm2@emory.edu »

The application consists of the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement—describe in detail your interest in participating in the JDC. Identify any special qualifications, academic interests, and career goals that have caused you to apply. Consider including answers to any of the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in participating in the JDC?
    • What do you hope to gain from your clinical experience?
    • What, if any, experience do you have in working with the juvenile justice system?
    • What, if any, experience do you have in working with at-risk youth?
    • What do you have to offer to your fellow JDC students?

Application Deadline 

We are now accepting applications. The application period is open through October 8, 2014.
Interviews and offers will be given through October 22, 2014.

When applying through Symplicity, log in, then go to Jobs>Externships and Clinics. In the Search field, type "clinic" and a list of clinics will appear. Select "Juvenile Defender Clinic."

For any questions, please contact Randee Waldman, rwaldm2@emory.edu.

To apply to the Juvenile Defender Clinic, visit Symplicity »