Jean Koh Peters

Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law


Jean Koh Peters is the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. An expert in children, families, and the law, she joined Yale Law School in 1989 as an associate clinical professor and supervising attorney for The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Harvard Law School, 1982

B.A., Radcliffe College, 1979

Courses Taught


  • Advanced Advocacy for Children and Youth
  • Advanced Immigration Legal Services
  • Advocacy for Children and Youth
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Domestic and Comparative Theory and Practice

Jean Koh Peters is the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. An expert in children, families, and the law, she joined Yale Law School in 1989 as an associate clinical professor and supervising attorney for The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. She was named clinical professor in 1993 and was named the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law in October 2009. She previously was an assistant clinical professor at Columbia Law School and associate director of Columbia’s Child Advocacy Clinic. Prior to that, she served as a staff attorney in the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York City, after clerking for the late William P. Gray of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. 

She currently supervises students representing clients in the Sol and Lillian Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic and the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. 

Professor Peters has published numerous articles and is author of the book, Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Ethical and Practical Dimensions, now in its third edition. She is the co-author, with Mark Weisberg of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, of A Teacher’s Reflection Book: Stories, Exercises, Invitations, forthcoming from Carolina Academic Press. She is also the co-creator, with Susan J. Bryant of CUNY School of Law, of the Habits of Cross-Cultural Lawyering, a curriculum now taught in law school clinics around the country. Professor Peters and Bryant are currently writing a chapter following up on the Habits after a decade; this chapter will be published in a forthcoming anthology on clinical pedagogy. 

She holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe and a J.D. from Harvard.

Articles

“The Five Habits: Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers,” 8 Clinical L. Rev. 33, Fall 2001 (w/Susan Bryant)

“Access to Justice: The Social Responsibility of Lawyers: Habit, Story, Delight: Essential Tools for the Public Service Advocate,” 7 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y 17, 2001

“The Roles and Content of Best Interests in Client-Directed Lawyering for Children in Child Protective Proceedings,” 64 Fordham L. Rev. 1507, March 1996.

Books

Representing Children in Child Protective Proceedings: Ethical & Practical Dimensions, 2nd ed., 2001 (including chapters on Vicarious Traumatization and Habits of Cross-Cultural Lawyering)

Jean Koh Peters and Mark Weisberg, A Teacher's Reflection Book: Stories, Exercises, Invitations (Carolina Academic Press, 2011)