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Through a partnership with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC), DePaul law students volunteer at DVLC’s Emergency Order of Protection Clinic to assist petitioners seeking Emergency Orders of Protection in Cook County's Domestic Violence Court. 45 students volunteered with this Clinic in 2017. During that year, the Clinic worked on 733 cases for clients seeking Emergency Orders of Protection. Of these 733 cases, 621 or 85% received Emergency Orders of Protection.
Along with the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and the Center for Public Interest Law, the Family Law Center recruits students for this meaningful pro bono project. Students from the College of Law’s Domestic Violence Practicum course also volunteer with this Clinic. Additionally, the Family Law Center funded two law student interns at DVLC in summer 2018 through the assistance of a grant.
“As someone who wants to work with children in the legal system, having this opportunity gave me a great amount of insight and perspective as to the challenges they are facing. It’s easy to look at numbers of how many children are in the system, but entirely different to see their faces and hear their voices. If criminal justice reform is going to take place in this country, we can’t ignore the most vulnerable people in the system. This project gave a real face and name for me to all of the children in the juvenile justice system.”
—Rachel Migliore, Class of 2018