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Past Events

​​The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck 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 or distinguished lecture series on a current topic in family law. The Center also hosts regular Lunch & Learns for students and the family law community to learn about best practices as well as new and emerging topics within family law. At these Lunch & Learns, students can connect and speak with leading family law practitioners from both the public and private sectors about the practice of family law.

  • 04/07/2021 - Using Tech to Help Family Law Clients Struggling with Alcohol Addiction

    ​​Mike  Fonseca (Soberlink) and Danielle Kestnbaum (Our Family Wizard) presented to DePaul family law students and the legal community on the important topic of how modern technology can help parties going through a divorce or separation while struggling with alcohol addiction. Both students and attorneys learned not only about the tech aspect, but also how to best advise...
  • 02/19/2021 - Family Law Center's Mental Health & Self-Care Week

    ​​​​Friday, February 19, 2021 12pm-1pmMental Health & Self-Care Week:  Yoga ClassThe Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center’s Mental Health & Self-Care Week ended with our students taking a yoga class taught by Unfold Yoga & Wellness, LLC. Wednesday, February 17, 2021 12pm-1pmMental Health & Self-Care Week:  Cognition, Emotion, and the Legal PracticeDePaul...
  • 02/15/2021 - Domestic Relations Division's Self-Represented Litigants Assistance Program Launched

    ​​The Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center and the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative are excited to launch the Domestic Relations Division's Self-Represented Litigants Assistance Program, a brand new remote pro bono project with the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Division. Starting in February, volunteer law students will be assigned to a...
  • 01/28/2021 - 4th Annual Family Law Summer Internship Fair

    ​​Boye Akinwande (Cook County Office of the Public Guardian), Advisory Board Member Andrea Belard (Legal Aid Society), Gina Crumble (Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney’s Office – Juvenile Justice Bureau), Patrick Ryan (Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP), Trina Smith (Cook County Public Defender – Juvenile Justice Division), and Advisory Board Member...
  • 12/02/2020 - Child Protection 101

    ​Maryam Ahmad (Chief of the Juvenile Justice Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office) joined our family law students for an engaging virtual lunch on child protection with respect to custody/temporary custody, adjudication, dispositional hearings, and termination of parental rights.  She also discussed how COVID has impacted screening child protection related matters. ​
  • 11/02/2020 - COVID’s Impact on the Foster Care System

    ​​Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea moderated an interesting discussion with Rachel Shirley (Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender), Tanya Gassenheimer (Shriver Center on Poverty Law), and Quincita Fleming (community member and advocate for parents) on how COVID-19 has impacted domestic violence advocacy, what it's like to practice in this area now, and the legal community's response to...
  • 10/30/2020 - 5th Annual Attorney and Student Legal Answers Pro Bono Family Law and Housing Clinic

    ​​​​​The SDF Family Law Center partnered with the Center for Public Interest Law and the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative to host its fifth annual Attorney & Student Legal Answers Pro Bono Family Law & Housing Clinic with Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).  Thirteen law students and nine attorneys participated in the clinic day and worked together to research and answer...
  • 10/21/2020 - Parentage Under Illinois Law

    ​​​SDF Family Law Advisory Board Member Colleen Breems (Lavelle Law, Ltd.) returned to DePaul to present her third annual talk on parentage cases to DePaul’s family law students.  She covered everything from the birth of the child, the initial filing, determining parentage, as well as entering a final child support order and parenting time order.
  • 10/13/2020 - Annual Family Law Symposium – The Current State of Elder Law

    The multifaceted area of elder law is rapidly evolving, especially due to the impact of COVID-19.  Through various panel discussions with experts in the field, panelists and attendees explored hot topics within elder law and how the pandemic has impacted the practice of elder law.  Specifically, attendees and panelists addressed how family law and elder law intersect (presented by...
  • 09/24/2020 - Domestic Violence Advocacy During COVID19

    ​​​​​​Advisory Board Member Danielle Parisi Ruffatto (Ascend Justice), Loren Gutierrez (Legal Aid Society), and Renata Stiehl (Metropolitan Family Services) joined our students and the legal community for a discussion on how COVID-19 has impacted domestic violence advocacy, what it's like to practice in this area now, and the legal community's response to the pandemic.  This event was...

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