Legal Clinics

Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic

Student Clinic Director: Kathleen Dow

I was born and raised in Northern Colorado and learned to love the Rocky Mountain West at an early age. Upon graduation from high school, I studied abroad in London, before beginning my higher education at Northeastern University in Boston. At Northeastern, I completed a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology and criminal justice and graduated Cum Laude in 2018. 

Before deciding to pursue a legal career, I worked at the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance and at a group home for foster children in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. These work experiences motivated my desire to enroll in law school. Upon arriving at the University of Wyoming, I knew immediately that I wanted to work in a clinic. 

As a hands-on learner, I thrive in a real-world environment with clients. Applying the legal theories taught in class to live scenarios has been invaluable. I am honored to serve as the student director of the Family & Child Legal Advocacy Clinic this year, and I look forward to working alongside the highly dedicated students in the clinic. I also feel exceptionally lucky to have been mentored by Professor Dona Playton, whose commitment to serving victims of violence and disenfranchised communities is limitless.

During my time in law school, I have served as co-president of the American Constitutional Society, secretary of the Bloom Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and vice president of the law school’s LGBTQ organization, OutLaw. I am also a representative for BARBRI and a member of the Women’s Law Forum, and I participate in the school’s chapter of the Equal Justice Society. I've most recently begun volunteering as a student attorney in the Defender Aid Clinic, seeking to expand my practical experience as much as possible.

I hope to ultimately work in family law or criminal defense, more specifically advocating for and working with children interacting with the legal system.

Kathleen Dow

Contact the Family and Child Legal Advocacy Clinic

Phone: 307-766-3747
Contact Us

College of Law
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6416
Fax: 307-766-6417

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