Created in 1998, the Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC) uses the power of the law to help women combat domestic violence. It operates as a collaborative project between NYLAG and area law schools, offering a year-long externship for second and third-year law students to learn the skills necessary to represent battered women in Family Court.

Under a Student Practice Order that allows them to practice under the supervision of NYLAG attorneys, DVCC students litigate family offense and domestic violence-related visitation and custody cases, handling matters from initial client consultations to court hearings. In addition, through seminars they learn from practicing NYLAG attorneys about family, immigration and criminal law matters related to domestic violence. By providing the opportunity to both learn and litigate, the Clinic simultaneously bolsters NYLAG’s capacity to serve clients with domestic violence issues and provides students with valuable public interest experience.

“The DVCC has been able to alleviate much of the physical and emotional burden faced by victims and their families,” said Kim Susser, Director of the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG and the driving force behind DVCC. Ms. Susser, whose stellar leadership has played a large role in the program’s success, added that, “The passion, knowledge and dedication of DVCC interns are invaluable. By endowing them with substantive experience, the DVCC will continue to empower new lawyers with the skills needed to help victims break free from domestic violence.”

For more information about the Domestic Violence Clinical Center, contact Lisa Rivera, Esq., at [email protected] or 212.613.5026.