Director, Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC)
Visiting Legal Skills Professor
Teresa Drake is the director of the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic at the Levin College of Law where she also serves as a Visiting Legal Skills Professor. She teaches a course on domestic violence, the clinic and Interviewing and Counseling. Drake is a former child welfare attorney, former prosecutor and division chief of the domestic violence unit and has lectured nationally on domestic violence and the use of children as witnesses and the effects of trauma on witnesses.
She earned her B.S. with highest honors from Drexel University and her J.D. degree with high honors from the University of Florida.
B.S., Drexel University (highest honors);
J.D., University of Florida (High Honors, Order of Coif).
Domestic violence, national lecturer on domestic violence and the use of children as witnesses, former prosecutor and division chief of domestic violence unit, former Child Welfare Legal attorney, former director of Guardian ad Litem Dissolution and Custody Division.
- This is a substantive law course in domestic violence. It is a two-credit class, meeting twice a week for two hours each class. The first hour will consist of discussion based on assigned readings.
- Advanced certified legal interns (AC/LIs) help mentor interns in their first clinic semester. Mentoring responsibilities increase as they gain experience and knowledge. AC/LIs have the chance to lead firm meetings, and possibly teach some substantive classes.
- An examination of theories and skills involved in interviewing clients and witnesses and counseling clients. Readings, videotapes, role plays, and simulations will be used to develop these theories and skills.