Juvenile Law Appellate Internship
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Educational Objectives

The objectives of the Juvenile Law Appellate Internship are to educate students in juvenile law and procedure, especially the Child Abuse Registry and termination of parental rights; to teach them to write better, especially in the appellate context; to expose students to the realities of the people who find themselves subject to juvenile court jurisdiction; to teach students about the work of social workers and other experts employed by the system and how to work with these professionals; to teach students good practice in this area of the law; to teach students how to conduct administrative hearings; to help students understand ethical issues; and to encourage students to think about juvenile law policy and reform. These goals are communicated to students during the first meeting with the supervising professor. Katherine Miller-Todd, the field supervisor on this internship, is familiar with these objectives through many years of work on the internship with the supervising professor.

Faculty Supervisor

Dean Andrea Charlow

Field-Placement Supervisors

•Katherine Miller-Todd, Assistant Attorney General, 1305 E. Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, (515) 281-7711 Other attorneys in this office also supervise the students in some cases, but Ms. Miller-Todd heads the office and is the main supervisor.


There are no prerequisites for this class, although students who have not taken Children & the Law are required to attend a special orientation session with the supervising professor to learn some of the basics of juvenile law and registry, administrative, and appellate procedure.

Last Modified: 1/18/2012 10:22:00 AM by Megan Flynn