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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

SPRING, 2014: NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE – of interest to all students!

SPRING, 2014: NEW SPECIAL TOPICS COURSE – of interest to all students!

PLA 4933   CRN 12015—Legal Issues in Domestic Violence (Mondays, 2:00-4:45pm) is open to all juniors and seniors (check with your program advisor prior to registration).
The course focuses on Domestic Violence/Family Law issues from the shared perspectives of the legal system and governmental/ social service agencies. The Naples Shelter for Abused Women & Children is partnering with the University, and guest lecturers will also include judges, prosecutors, child & elder abuse investigators, probation officers, and mental health/social work practitioners.
Course attendees can earn 32 service learning hours and become certified as “Advocates” (the course includes the Shelter’s Core Competency training, certified by the Florida Coalition against Domestic Violence (FCAD)).

Internship Opportunities.  We have made arrangements with the Collier County  Domestic Violence Coalition, Department for Children & Families (DCF)and other regional agencies to have students placed as interns in many organizations, such as police, DCF, social services, etc. These community partners have agreed to give preferences to course graduates. We anticipate that there will be intern spots available for all students who complete the course.
The course offers a unique combination of scholarship and practice opportunities.  It combines a three-credit course with a follow-on three-credit internship so as to enable students to understand how professionals work together.

If you’d like to read more about the philosophy behind this new course, go to:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact:

David E. Steckler, J.D., LL.M.
Florida Gulf Coast University
Instructor, Justice & Legal Studies
Merwin Hall, room 263
Office phone: ( 239) 590- 7756
Cell  Phone: (239) 777-3966
Fax: (239) 590-7842
dsteckle@fgcu.edu











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