Family Law Courses and Clinics

Children’s Advocacy Clinic

(6 credits in fall/spring; 3 credits in summer)
S/U only; fulfills Skills Training requirement

The Children’s Advocacy Clinic (CAC) provides free legal services to children across Florida on a variety of issues such as healthcare, disability, education, dependency (foster care), delinquency, and adoption. Through direct representation of children, students develop and hone litigation, negotiation, and interviewing skills, as well as learning substantive legal topics regarding the legal representation of children. CAC Students are responsible for every aspect of their cases and have the opportunity to practice their skills in circuit court, administrative proceedings, and other forums. Please fill out an application. Contact Professor Paolo Annino with any questions.

Constitutional Law II

(3 credits)
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I

Required. An advanced study of freedom of expression and association, substantive and procedural due process of law, and the equal protection of the laws.

Elder Law

(2-3 credits)
Prerequisites: None

This course will focus on national and state elder law issues. The course will introduce students to the emerging specialty of elder law. It will provide students with an understanding of national and state legal issues in elder law. Students will be introduced to policy issues facing the aging population and provided with an understanding of ethical issues confronted by elder law attorneys.

Estate Planning Workshop

(2 credits)
Prerequisites: Gratuitous Transfers and Taxation

This course is a drafting seminar in which students evaluate a series of case studies and draft estate planning documents as indicated by the facts of the particular case study. Documents drafted may include an engagement letter, durable power of attorney, designation of health care surrogate, living will, revocable living trust with pour over will for married couple with minor children, standalone will with A-B trust form marital deduction planning, irrevocable insurance trust and complex will with aggressive GST tax planning.

Family Law

(3 credits)
Prerequisites: None

Legal relations and problems incident to the creation, preservation and dissolution of the family unit. The course includes marital affairs and actions, adoption, child custody, and criminal and tortious conduct pertaining to domestic relations. Emphasis is placed on possible conflicts between the interests of the state in this area and the private interests of the individuals concerned.

Florida Family Law

(3 credits)
Prerequisites: None

This course focuses on family law concepts under Florida law. Among other things, this course will cover the Florida law on: dissolution of marriage (equitable distribution, alimony, parenting, child support, modification, pre- and post-marital agreements, and domestic violence); determination of parentage (paternity); adoption; assisted reproduction; and annulment.

Gender Justice

(2 credits)

In this skills training class we will examine factors that increase the exposure of women and girls to the criminal justice system and the special considerations they face while confined. Even in this era of mass incarceration, the increased rate of girls and women entangled in the criminal justice system is astounding. This interdisciplinary course will explore the factors that may lead to incarceration, discuss trauma-informed lawyering, and examine potential empowerment tools. Course readings will highlight how race, sexuality, disability, and other identity characteristics intersect with sex to affect outcomes in the criminal justice system. Students will also attend legal proceedings related to the issues identified in this course and/or meet with advocates who address such issues. S/U grade only.

Trusts & Estates

(4 credits)
Prerequisites: None

Covers all varieties of family wealth transactions, including attendant problems of administration. Topics may include intestate succession of property, establishment and validity of private and charitable trusts, individual and class gifts, powers of appointment, future interests, the Rule Against Perpetuities and the execution, validity, and construction of wills.