CPIL concludes third successful skills series

​​​The Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) concluded its third legal skills series of the academic year on April 27.  Candace Wayne, College of Law alumna and principal of Wayne and Jemilo, taught the series, Basics in Family Law. 

The series aimed to give students a basic introduction to family law, but also to introduce students to concepts such as child custody and visitation issues, child support and maintenance, and property settlements in a divorce. A practical skill the students learned was how to evaluate different assets in a marriage to start identifying the distribution of those assets during a contested divorce. It concluded with a discussion on how to manage a work-life balance in family law. 

Basics in Family Law took place on five consecutive Mondays from March 30 to April 27. Students who attended all sessions received a certificate of completion.  The series was co-sponsored by the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Law Center. 

The conclusion of this series caps a third successful year for CPIL in hosting this program. Each series gives students the opportunity to explore different areas of public interest law while gaining practical and transferable legal skills. Topics selected each year are based on student participants’ interests and suggestions. 

CPIL started this year’s program with the Immigration Skills Series, taught by Rocio Alcántar (JD ’10), staff attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center. This series offered a brief overview and understanding of the causes of migration for children. This series was offered in the fall. The second skills series, offered in the beginning of the spring semester, focused on criminal law, specifically, on the collateral consequences of a criminal record and examining legal routes to mitigating those effects for employment purposes. Courtney Kelledes (JD ’13), staff attorney at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, taught the second series. The series then highlighted the various types of convictions that can be sealed or expunged and the intricacies associated with taking steps to start those processes. It also addressed other avenues to mitigating a criminal record, such as petitioning for executive clemency, a health care worker waiver, or a certificate of rehabilitation.   

The CPIL Public Interest Legal Skills Series is driven by student interest and by CPIL dedication to providing extracurricular learning opportunities for students. ​