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About the Family Law Clinic Section

Students in the family law practice section represent clients by court appointment (children, absent defendants, and interdicts in interdiction cases). The student practitioners also represent indigent persons (mothers, fathers, grandparents) in custody, divorce, child support, and paternity cases. Students interview clients, conduct fact investigation, discovery, and legal research, prepare and file pleadings in court, develop a theory of their case, and prepare memorandums. The students make court appearances and participate in settlement conferences with opposing attorneys. Most students make several court appearances to argue their cases at hearings and trials in Orleans and Jefferson Parish Courts.

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Section Success

This semester, the Family Law section, supervised by Professor Cheryl Buchert, represents children in five custody cases with children ranging in age from 4 years to 16 years. In other cases, the student practitioners represent clients in divorces, continuing tutorships, and absentee defendant cases. The Family Law student practitioners have twenty Court appearances in Orleans and Jefferson Parish Courts this semester, including three full days of a custody trial.

Supervised by Professor Cheryl Buchert

Section Snapshots

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