As it begins its third year, William Mitchell’s Child Protection Clinic is again receiving a vital grant from the state of Minnesota to help expand its services and provide assistance for even more parents.
The two-year, $75,000 grant is a part of the state’s court improvement project funding. Through the clinic, certified student attorneys work with parents to help them navigate the court system. The experience not only helps the parents, it gives students broader experience and expands their connections to new judges and mentors.
“The clinic provides an incredible learning opportunity for Mitchell students, while giving parents direct representation in the child protection system,” says Joanna Woolman, resident adjunct professor of law and director of the Child Protection Clinic. “The partnership between the state and the Child Protection Clinic has been essential to the clinic’s being able to start—and ability to continue—to provide direct representation to parents in Ramsey and Hennepin counties.”
Woolman says the clinic’s goals for its third year include expanding the parent mentoring program, beginning development of best practices for parents’ attorneys, continuing to partner with the state on training, and beginning a research partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.
This is the third year the clinic has received this grant from the Children’s Justice Initiative, which is a collaboration between the Minnesota Judicial Branch and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.