Child Welfare Mock Trial Simulation Course
In this course, students will learn about the child welfare legal system, trauma-informed lawyering, and interdisciplinary collaboration through intensive classroom instruction and participation in a mock trial. The mock trial will be part of the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic Conference. Law students will work with Masters students from the School of Social Work as well as guest lecturers, including judges, attorneys, and licensed social workers. Topics in the course include development of case theory, effective advocacy skills, appropriate professional conduct, and trial preparation, all through a trauma-informed lens. Students will present direct and cross examinations of lay and expert witnesses, opening statements, and closing arguments, and will introduce evidentiary exhibits with appropriate foundation. This course is pass/fail.