The Lobeck Taylor Community Advocacy Clinic (CAC) at The University of Tulsa College of Law educates future lawyers and promotes access to justice in two ways: by advocating for systemic change on behalf of client organizations and by representing individual clients in cases before state courts and federal agencies. Students represent client organizations in the fall semester and individual clients in the spring semester.
The CAC’s work is driven by the goals and needs identified by its clients and partners in the community. This work challenges students to reflect critically on their role in the justice system and teaches them how to effectively and responsibility advocate for clients and communities.
In the fall semester of 2015, nine CAC students represented client organizations including: the Oklahoma Access to Justice Commission, Phoenix Rising, and the Tulsa County Integrated Domestic Violence Court in projects that touched on domestic violence, criminal justice, education, and access to justice. This spring, eight law students are representing victims of intimate partner violence and stalking in protective order cases in Tulsa County District Court. The students are also advocating for disabled children and their families by assisting with claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In this work, the CAC is grateful for partnerships with the Family Safety Center and Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma.