UVA students have the opportunity to learn about the legal process by working closely with local attorneys in our Legal Clinic. The commitment from our local attorneys and student interns has allowed our clinic to grow and meet a greater need in the community. Since 2013, we have added a summer legal clinic and increased the frequency of our clinics from once a month, to twice a month, allowing us to meet the needs of more clients all year long. While you can get to know our hard-working interns through our student spotlight series, we want to shine light on the dedicated attorneys who donate their time to our legal clinic.
Get to know Brittani Lemonds of MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law!
A recent graduate from the University of Richmond School of Law, Brittani now works at MichieHamlett Attorneys at Law in Charlottesville and has been a gracious volunteer at the Women’s Center’s Free Legal Clinic since the summer of 2016.
What was your concentration in law school and why does that interest you today?
I didn’t have a specific concentration at the beginning, which I think is the best way to approach law school. However, once I started getting acquainted with the class offerings and tried a few things out, I ultimately focused my course work on classes specifically dealing with domestic relations, children and the law, and collaborative law. My interest in this practice area really started during my second year of law school when I took “Family Law” with Professor Meredith Harbach. Professor Harbach is a real powerhouse of a woman and served as an invaluable mentor to me throughout law school. I think I felt drawn to family law because of the inherently personalized nature of the practice.
Currently, an area of the law that I find particularly interesting deals with the legal regulation of reproductive medicine. Most of my research during the third year of law school focused on Assisted Reproductive Technology (or “ART”). ART encompasses an industry in which modern advances in reproductive technology are constantly creating new ways for couples and individuals to achieve pregnancy and birth. While much of ART is currently based in contract law, it intersects with family law in a way that is particularly relevant with the changing legal landscape of marriage equality and reproductive freedom. It probably goes without saying, but I feel like it is an exciting and important time to be practicing family law. Like many other areas of the law, reproductive technology is evolving at a much faster pace than the legal framework that supports it. Similar to general family law practice, I find the personalized nature of ART particularly appealing. ART is an ever-changing area of the law that I soon hope to incorporate into my domestic practice.