Juvenile Defender Clinic

Yearlong Graded Course


Credits: 6 Credits (3 classroom credits, 3 non-classroom credits)


Enrollment: 8 Students


Clinic Hours to Be Completed: 280 Hours (Minimum of 10 Hours per Week)


Class Meeting Time: Tuesday 4 - 5:40 p.m.


Class Location: Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education Room 208


Students are interviewed by the supervising attorneys for admission to the clinic


Students should be available on court days (Mon, Tues., or Thurs.), to accompany clients, according to cases and class schedules


Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson

Assistant Clinical Professor 

Office Hours: Wednesday, 10 a.m. - Noon, Tribone Center Room 310


The Juvenile Defender Clinic represents children in Allegheny County’s juvenile delinquency court, and provides law students with the opportunity to advocate for children in every aspect of delinquency cases, including pretrial motions and litigation, investigation, admission or trial, disposition, and post-disposition motions and hearings.   

Students work under the supervision of Professor Sizemore-Thompson to offer traditional defense representation, including expungement of juvenile records, regardless of a client’s current age (but with individuals over age 18 subject to income guidelines), and defense for juveniles with protection from abuse (PFA) orders filed against them.  

The clinic is Allegheny County’s only no-cost provider of PFA defense representation for juveniles, and one of the few no-cost providers for juvenile expungement representation. The clinic offers holistic representation, including the assistance of master-level social work students and mental health professionals, as needed.

Juvenile defense is a specialized area of law, and students are trained accordingly, with an intensive training period at the beginning of the semester and ongoing training throughout the year.


Clinic News

Juvenile Defender Clinic hosts meeting for public housing representatives
Duquesne Law

Erasing juvenile records: Duquesne Law School and Housing Authority win expungement grant
New Pittsburgh Courier

Professor Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson speaks at a Restorative Justice meeting
New Pittsburgh Courier

Charges dropped against teen arrested in ruckus outside Downtown Pittsburgh's Wood Street T Station
Pittsburgh City Paper

No Safe Harbor Part II: Prisons cope with mental illness
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Juvenile Defender Clinic advocates for children, fills Allegheny County need
DU Times


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