Professor Lois Kanter heads both the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Domestic Violence Institute, an education, service and research organization dedicated to combating partner abuse and sexual assault.
The Domestic Violence Clinic, part of the law school’s Domestic Violence Institute, focuses on violence prevention, restraining order enforcement and criminal intervention in Dorchester Municipal Court, Boston’s largest community court. Students interview and counsel clients, and advocate in the courtroom.
Students may also gain academic credit and experience representing battered women in complex family law cases handled in the Probate Courts through independent study and cooperative education placements at legal services offices, legal projects at battered women's shelters and other community agencies, and at the offices of private practitioners affiliated with the Institute.
While the clinic is available to upper-level students only, first-year students may attend the Domestic Violence Institute’s annual fall conference, which introduces incoming students to legal advocacy for battered women in Massachusetts. First-year students with an interest in immediate training and volunteer opportunities may also apply to join BMC/DVI, a volunteer project in which law students staff the Boston Medical Center Emergency Department on nights and weekends, interviewing women and providing advocacy services where domestic violence issues are disclosed.
For more information contact:
Professor Lois H. Kanter