Get Involved in CASAC!
How Can Students Get Involved?
As an Academic Year Advocate - Are you a Penn Law student? Serving as a CASAC Advocate is a full-year commitment. Advocates carry their own caseload under the supervision of an experienced Family Law Attorney. CASAC provides an excellent opportunity to work with skilled attorneys and develop expertise in family law, child advocacy, and litigation. No previous experience or expertise is necessary! People pursuing public interest, government, and private sector careers should all apply.
- At the beginning of each academic year CASAC holds a variety of info sessions about the program.
- CASAC has an application process. Most years we are unable to accept everyone that applies because of limitations on our supervision capability, but we have no formal requirements and encourage anyone who is interested to apply. There is no prototypical CASAC advocate. Advocates come from a broad range of backgrounds and have a wide range of career goals. Both public and private sector oriented advocates have been successful CASAC advocates. 2L and 3L advocates are also considered.
- Once the advocates for the year are selected, CASAC holds an extensive 3 days of training (3-4 hours each day) where advocates are provided the basic family law foundation they need to be successful. They are also provided a detailed CASAC legal and process manual.
- Advocates are organized into weekly shifts. Advocates are expected to attend their weekly shift where they will intake new clients and follow-up with their existing clients. Experienced CASAC advocates and Philadelphia Legal Assistance attorneys provide direct, in-person supervision.
- Experienced advocates usually help to supervise a shift, where they will oversee the work of new advocates while also supporting their own client caseload. Experienced advocates, who are eligible to serve under Pennsylvania’s student practice rules, may represent select clients in court proceedings.
- If you have questions about CASAC as an academic year advocate please contact Arielle Herzberg.
As a Summer Advocate – During the summer, there are a number of summer internship positions available through CASAC and Philadelphia Legal Assistance. Advocates manage the existing cases from academic year advocates and intake new clients. The summer positions are full-time and advocates will intake and manage more clients than academic year advocates. No previous experience or expertise is necessary! Additional Information Coming Soon!
More information about CASAC can be found at http://www.philalegal.org/CASAC.