The VanSickle Family Law Clinic is new to the clinical program at SMU Dedman School of Law officially launched in January 2016. Many thanks to the Clinic's anonymous donor and its founding supporters for making this possible. The Clinic will provide much-needed assistance to unrepresented family law litigants in our community. The seminar component will integrate substantive law, theory, core lawyering skills and legal ethics to provide law students real world law practice experience. Under the supervision of an experienced clinical faculty member, student attorneys will represent and provide counsel to low-income clients in matters of family law such as divorce, child custody, visitation, paternity, modifications, enforcement actions, child support, and adoption. Student attorneys are expected to take the lead in all aspects of their casework and be professionally responsible for the services they provide on behalf of their clients.
Through client representation and the clinic seminar, student attorneys will have the opportunity to engage in the performance of fundamental lawyering skills necessary for competent representation and zealous advocacy. These skills will include but are not limited to, interviewing and counseling clients, negotiating, fact development and analysis, strategic case planning, conflict resolution and decision making, motion and trial practice, drafting legal pleadings and ancillary documents, organization and management of legal work, cultural competency, collaboration and self-evaluation.
Student attorneys will also collaborate with community-based organizations to provide limited consulting to pro se litigants at organized community legal clinics located in a low-income, culturally diverse area of Dallas.
To Our Community
The legal services provided through the VanSickle Family Law Clinic are free to qualified applicants. To apply for legal services regarding your family law matter, please click here to review the application procedures.
Please click below to download a PDF application.
For questions, please call (214)768-2562 or email us VanSickleFamilyLaw@smu.edu.
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“SMU Law Clinic Gives Fresh Start To Families In Distress”
SMU Magazine 2017
"SMU's VanSickle Family Law Clinic Set To Open Next Month"
-Preston Hollow/North Dallas Advocate
, December 1, 2015
Director of the VanSickle Family Law Clinic
and Lecturer in Law
VanSickle Family Law Clinic
SMU Dedman School of Law
P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275-0116
SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue, Suite 30
Dallas, TX 75205