Children's Advocacy Clinic

The Children's Advocacy Clinic (CAC) was established in 2006. It is an innovative interdisciplinary clinical program where law students and graduate social work students represent children in the legal system and work to address problems in the child welfare system. The Clinic provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on training serving children and advocating for policy issues related to children in the welfare system. Under the direction of founder and director Professor Lucy Johnston-Walsh, law students represent children who are abused and/or neglected as well as those involved in other civil court actions such as adoption, domestic violence, and custody matters.

ClinicClients are represented by both a law student and a graduate social work student who use a team approach to address children's needs. Social work students are supervised by clinic social worker Gary Shuey. Additionally, Clinic students work with pediatric residents and child psychiatry fellows from Penn State Hershey.

Law Students Work Alongside Courthouse Canine


Law students in Dickinson Law’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic represent children who have been through stressful and traumatic experiences, often resulting in intense cases in the courtroom. They now have a partner who’s helping to relieve some of the anxiety that children experience while testifying at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Diego, a two-year-old black Labrador retriever trained by Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), is a first for Cumberland County. Read more.

Lucy Johnston-Walsh
Lucy Johnston-Walsh
Clinic Director and
Clinic Professor
Gary Shuey
Gary Shuey
Social Work Supervisor

Trisha Prosser
Administrative Support
and Office Manager