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Children’s Advocacy Clinic

The Children's Advocacy Clinic (CAC) is an innovative interdisciplinary clinical program where law students and graduate social work students represent children in the legal system and work to address problems in the child welfare system. The Clinic provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on training serving children and advocating for policy issues related to children in the welfare system. Under the direction of founder and director Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh and supervising attorney Tim Smith, law students represent children who are abused and/or neglected as well as those involved in other civil court actions such as adoption, domestic violence, and custody matters.

Clients are represented by both a law student and a graduate social work student who use a team approach to address children's needs. Social work students are supervised by clinic social worker Gary Shuey. Additionally, Clinic students work with pediatric residents and child psychiatry fellows from Penn State Hershey. 

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Children's Advocacy Clinic
371 W. South St.
Carlisle, PA, 17013
Phone: (717) 243-2968
Fax: (717) 241-3556