Field of Practice - Family and Juvenile Law

Students in the family and juvenile law practice section represent by court appointment, children, absent defendants, and interdicts in interdiction cases. The student practitioners also represent indigent persons in custody, divorce, child support, spousal support, paternity, adoption, Katrina related custody, and juvenile proceedings. In juvenile court, students are appointed to represent mothers and fathers in “Child In Need Of Care” (CINC) and children in voluntary transfer of custody cases. In civil court, students are appointed to represent children in custody 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.

Recent cases include:

  • A custody case involving a parent with Munchausen by proxy syndrome and an international kidnapping.
  • A Post-Katrina relocation case where the father has not seen his son in three years.
  • A Post-Katrina custody case where a 911 dispatcher regained custody of her baby who she did not see for over six months. Loyola Law Clinic students first interviewed the mother at the Greater Houston Disaster Relief Center while the Law School was exiled in Houston after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Louisiana’s first contestation case where a mother established that her former husband and legal father is not the father of the child and that her present husband is the father.
  • A child custody case with allegations of sexual abuse. Loyola Law Clinic students conducted interviews and home studies with the child, parents and other relatives, reviewed records, wrote legal memoranda, and represented the minor child at trial.
  • A highly contested divorce case on the issue of reconciliation and payment of a Post Katrina Small Business Administration (SBA) loan.
  • A paternity case where the father attempted to rescind his acknowledgments of his children after he married the mother.
  • An inter-family adoption case where Loyola Law Clinic students successfully represented the mother and prevented the adoption by the step-mother.
  • A grandparent visitation case where Loyola Law Clinic students successfully gained visitation with the grandchildren.