The Children's Rights Clinic furthers the training and public service goals of the Middleton Center. Through the clinic, second and third year Drake law students practice for a year in juvenile court under the supervision of an experienced clinical professor. In addition, law students team with graduate students in education and a licensed master social worker who provide client services. In joint classes, law students learn about child development, interviewing, and other skills not ordinarily taught in law schools, while the other students learn how the legal system works. This multidisciplinary approach results not only in better served current clients, but, hopefully, also an improved system through better trained child welfare professionals.
Drake University Legal Clinic
2400 University Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Phone: (515) 271-3851
Fax: (515) 271-4100
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm
Faculty & Staff
Assistant Professor Brent Pattison
is the Director for the Children's Rights Clinic at the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights. Annie vonGillern, LMSW is our resident social worker and
Rondolyn Hawkins is our legal assistant.