Jean Peters Is the Inaugural Sol Goldman Clinical Professor

Jean Peters, the inaugural Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law, specializes in advocacy for children, children and the law, refugee and asylum law, and advocacy for parents.

Peters is also the supervising attorney of the Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, which links law students with individuals and organizations in need of legal counsel who cannot afford private attorneys.

She is the author of “Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Ethical and Practical Dimensions,” the third edition of which was published in 2007. Her numerous other writings include “Six Practices for Connecting with Clients Across Cultures: Habit Four; Working with Interpreters and Other Approaches,” which she co-authored for “The Affective Assistance of Counsel.” She is the co-author of the work-in-progress “Reflecting on Our Teaching: The Teacher’s Retreat Book.”

Peters is a graduate of Harvard University-Radcliffe College and earned her J.D. at Harvard Law School. She was a law clerk to the late William P. Gray of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and then served for two years as a staff attorney for the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. In 1986, she joined the faculty of the Columbia University School of Law, where she served as associate director of the Child Advocacy Clinic. She joined the Yale Law School faculty in 1989 as an associate clinical professor and was named a clinical professor and supervising attorney for the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization in 1993.

Peters has spoken on the topics of child advocacy, intercultural communication and cross-cultural lawyering in presentations around the country. She has twice served as the Yale Law School’s graduation speaker, and in 1999 was the recipient of the Yale Law Women Teaching Award.

The professorship to which Peters has been named is funded by the Goldman Family Fund for Children, Families and the Law, established by the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust to provide permanent support for all Yale Law School clinical activities related to children, families and the law. The professorship is given to a clinical professor working and teaching in those areas.

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