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SITE DESCRIPTION

This experiential learning opportunity is offered by Fulton County CASA, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that recruits, screens, and trains community volunteers to represent abused and neglected children and youth in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services.  CASA volunteers are appointed as Guardian ad Litems in dependency proceedings in Fulton County Juvenile Court pursuant to Title 15 Chapter 11 of the Official Code of Georgia.  Legal externs assist CASA Staff in ensuring that CASA volunteers provide high level advocacy throughout the life of a dependency case.  CASA volunteers provide best interest advocacy in every court hearing but also in educational meetings, therapeutic meetings, or with service providers.  Legal externs participate in court observation, client/witness interviewing, independent investigations, legal research on pertinent issues, case presentation, report writing/editing, staffing cases with attorneys or DFCS, making oral remarks to a judge, negotiating with attorneys, requesting and reviewing documents, educational advocacy for disciplinary or special education issues, staff development training, and volunteer training.  Externs will spend majority of time working with staff attorney developing resources and trainings to enhance the advocacy skills and legal knowledge of staff volunteer supervisors and volunteers.

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

Prerequisites: None

Preferences: Juvenile Law

NO ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS