The Domestic Violence Clinic provides comprehensive civil legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking while educating University of Oregon law students in the skills required for client representation in a litigation-based practice.
The Domestic Violence Clinic is a partnership between the University of Oregon School of Law and local advocacy organizations (Womenspace, for survivors of domestic violence, and Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), for survivors of sexual assault). The Clinic is housed at the law school and staffed by full-time faculty.
The Domestic Violence Clinic offers students the opportunity to participate in both Protection Order Clinic and the Domestic Violence Civil/Family Law Clinic. Both Clinics also have an Advanced Clinic option. A student can take up to nine credits in the Domestic Violence Clinic, which would typically be comprised of the Domestic Violence Civil/Family Clinic, the Protection Order Clinic, and one advanced clinic of the student’s choice. However, there is also a Klamath Falls externship that can be part of the mix too.
Oregon Law students in the Protection Order Clinic represent victims whose abusers are contesting their petitions for restraining orders or stalking protection orders. Students interview clients and witnesses, obtain evidence such as police reports and medical records, participate in depositions and other forms of discovery, file motions and pleadings with the court, negotiate with opposing counsel, and ultimately represent clients in court. Through these civil protection orders, clients can obtain physical protection and no-contact orders for themselves and their children, custody of the parties’ children with provisions to ensure their safety during parenting time (if any) with the abuser, exclusive use of the residence, and emergency support.
Students typically participate in one or more contested hearings each semester. The expedited procedure for obtaining restraining and stalking protective orders makes these cases ideal for a one-semester clinical course. For example, the contested hearing must take place within five days if the respondent requests a hearing and children are involved. Otherwise, the hearing must be held within twenty-one days of a respondent’s request. The Clinic Supervisor is Mike Quillin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students in the Domestic Violence Civil/Family Law Clinic represent victims in a variety of other family law and legal matters, including divorce and child custody proceedings. These cases have a longer timeline to trial than protective order cases so students are not in court as much (if at all), but students engage in a wide variety of pretrial civil practice tasks and tend to have considerable contact with clients. This Clinic is offered during the term for 3 credits as well as during the summer for 3 credits. The Clinic Supervisor is Kathryn Moakley: email@example.com
Depending upon the student’s preference, a student who has completed the Protection Order Clinic or the Domestic Violence/Family Clinic can take an advanced version of the same clinic. The supervising attorney ensures that the student represents clients on more difficult cases in order to allow the students to draw upon their training and experience from the basic clinics.
This full-time externship is available in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. It requires a student to live in Klamath Falls. Students learn about a rural legal practice while working with Klamath Falls Legal Aid. The focus is on all types of legal matters that affect low-income survivors of domestic violence. A student receives 6 credits for participating in this externship.
Are you interested in working on sexual violence, domestic violence, or stalking issues, but do not have the time to commit to a Clinic? Consider volunteering! Kasia Mlynski, the attorney in Student Survivor Legal Services, is always looking for assistance and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org