The Law: New Clinics for Kids in Trouble

It is not the sort of clientele that is welcomed at the paneled doors of a typical corporate law firm. It includes runaways, drifters, glue sniffers, battered children and subteen prostitutes, many rejected by their parents and in trouble with the law. Until recently, they had few legal rights and not many more attorneys interested in protecting them.

Now, as courts and legislatures gradually define and expand children's rights, many young lawyers are experimenting with clinics that provide legal services for kids. They are using the broadened rights to challenge traditional methods of dealing with problem youths.

One of the more successful clinics,...

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