What is the Family Court Clinic?
The Family Court Clinic (FCC) is designed to make the legal system more accessible to low-income, self-represented people. Law students assist self-represented litigants through the entire family court process by helping them complete forms, file the forms and serve them correctly, as well as by explaining what litigants can expect when they go to court for a hearing. Students meet with litigants at the Dane County Courthouse and at EJI’s community law office at the Villager Mall. They also present educational programs on various family law topics to litigants and community groups. In addition, the students staff a Restraining Order Clinic, located next to the Probate Office at the Dane County Courthouse, where litigants go to obtain restraining order petitions. The students assist petitioners to write a concise, understandable position and prepare for the court proceeding.
Through their direct service to the community, students learn effective lawyering skills while developing an understanding not only of the social and economic contexts in which the litigants' problems occur, but also of the possibilities and limitations of the legal system. This program has garnered support from Dane County and Wisconsin Supreme Court judges, as well as local community groups.
For an appointment with FCC, please call (608) 262-2301.