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Spring 2018
5277 Juvenile Record Sealing I - DOW, KATYA- 22726

Professor(s): Katya Dow (OTHER FACULTY)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Family Law 
Practice Skills - Clinics and Externships

Time: 1:00P-2:00P  T  Location: 117  TUII

Course Outline: Although a juvenile’s criminal record is generally considered to be automatically withheld from public access, such records, if not formally sealed or restricted, can be accessed by any person, agency, or institution having a “legitimate interest” in the matter. Access to juvenile records can create major barriers for the affected juveniles with respect to their efforts to obtain: (1) employment (2) financial aid, (3) housing, (4) public benefits, (5) educational and licensing opportunities, (5) military enlistment, and (6) many other benefits. Consequently, the existence of these records can make it difficult for persons with a juvenile record to get past youthful mistakes and improve their lives.

This course will train law students in the procedure and preparation of required forms for sealing of juvenile records pursuant to Section 58.003 of the Family Code/ Title 3. Juvenile Justice Code. In addition, students will learn applicable law to identify which juveniles are eligible for sealing. Finally, students will take the steps required to seal records of juveniles who are eligible for assistance. Students will be expected to meet with juveniles who are eligible for sealing (as well as with their parent(s) or guardian(s) when appropriate or required), notify the appropriate state agencies; and attend the sealing hearing with Professor Dow.

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Course Notes:   Quota=12. Students must call (713-743-1011) or email ( Professor Dow and obtain permission to enroll before enrolling.

Class meetings: Class will be held on Tuesdays from 1:00 until 2:00 for the first four weeks of the semester. Thereafter, students will meet individually with Professor Dow to discuss progress of their cases every other week during class time


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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: Yes
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: clinic

Bar Course: No