Symposia, Panels, & Lunch-N-Learns
The family law center is dedicated to providing programming that expands students’ substantive knowledge and deepens their understanding of the field and practice of family law. Each year the center attracts nationally recognized speakers and presenters for its symposium on a current topic in family law. The center also educates students and the family law community about best practices, and new and emerging topics in family law with its monthly Lunch-N-Learn series. Additionally, the center plans a variety of panels throughout the year so students can speak directly with leading family law practitioners from both the public and private sectors about the practice of family law.
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic’s Self-Representation Assistance Project
Through a partnership with the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC), DePaul law students volunteer at DVLC’s Self-Representation Assistance Project or SRAP to assist petitioners seeking Emergency Orders of Protection in Cook County's Domestic Violence Court. Nearly 90 students volunteered with SRAP in 2015. During that year, the program accepted 435 clients and filed 389 cases. Of the 389 filed cases, 327 or 84 percent received Emergency Orders of Protection.
Along with the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative and the Center for Public Interest Law, the Family Law Center recruits students for this meaningful pro bono project. Students from the College of Law’s Domestic Violence Practicum course also volunteer with SRAP. Additionally, the Family Law Center funds one to two law student interns at DVLC each summer.
Spring Break Juvenile Detention Center Volunteer Project
During spring break, 8 to 12 law student volunteers lead workshops at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center on topics such as juvenile expungement, street law/know your rights and civics. In 2015, the College of Law partnered with the College of Education to include graduate level special education and counseling students. In addition to leading workshops, volunteers meet with various juvenile court and detention center personnel throughout the week to gain a better understanding of juvenile justice issues. They also reflect on their experiences throughout the week.
“As someone who wants to work with children in the legal system, having this opportunity gave me a great amount of insight and perspective as to the challenges they are facing. It’s easy to look at numbers of how many children are in the system, but entirely different to see their faces and hear their voices. If criminal justice reform is going to take place in this country, we can’t ignore the most vulnerable people in the system. This project gave a real face and name for me to all of the children in the juvenile justice system.”
—Rachel Migliore, Class of 2018
Family Law Attorney Speed Networking Event
Each fall, the Family Law Center partners with the student-run Child and Family Law Association to host a family law attorney speed networking event. This event gives students an opportunity to meet and speak with over 25 family law attorneys from Chicagoland firms and agencies over the course of the evening. Students make important connections while having a great time with their peers and family law alumni.