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Carolyn Salisbury, J.D.

Carolyn S. Salisbury, Esq., is Associate Director and Instructor of Law at the Law School's Children & Youth Law Clinic. In addition to teaching at the Clinic, she teaches classes in Children and the Law, Public Interest Advocacy and Ethics, Community Justice and Ethics, New Directions in Lawyering: Interviewing, Counseling and Lawyer-Client Relational Skills, and Legal Research and Writing. She also serves as Co-Director of the law school's Public Interest Law Summer Program and is a Clinical Fellow with the law school's Center for Ethics and Public Service. She received her B.A. from the University of Miami and is a cum laude graduate of the U.M. Law School, where she was a Dean's Honor Scholar, a member of the Law Review, and president of the Public Interest Law Group. Upon her graduation from law school, she received an Echoing Green National Public Service Fellowship to establish the Children & Youth Law Clinic, the first and only in-house legal clinic at the U.M. School of Law. Through the Clinic, she trains and educates law students, while providing free legal assistance to abandoned, neglected, and abused children who have been placed in state foster care. She represented the child M.W. before the Florida Supreme Court in M.W. v. Davis and DCF, the case that led to Florida Rule of Juvenile Procedure 8.350, which will establish due process protections for foster children committed to psychiatric facilities by the State Department of Children & Families. She is also co-counsel in Bonnie L. v. Bush, a federal lawsuit that seeks to reform Florida's foster care system, and has authored law review articles on the legal rights of immigrant children and the due process rights of foster children facing commitment to these facilities. She is Secretary of the Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section and was formerly Chair of the P.I. L.S. Legal Needs of Children