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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.

  • 10/08/2021 - Annual Family Law Symposium – A Deep Dive into Domestic Violence Representation

    This year’s two-day Family Law Symposium centered on the premise that while domestic violence representation changed over the last year due to COVID, the need for strong advocacy in cases with domestic violence remains absolutely necessary.  Prof. D. Kelly Weisberg of University of California Hastings College of Law was the Symposium Keynote Speaker and focused her presentation on...
  • 09/21/2021 - Cook County Child Protection Division Information Session

    ​Several students met with the following Assistant State’s Attorneys from the Cook County State's Attorney's Child Protection Division to learn more about their externship program and postgraduate positions:  Mary Joly, Robert Rodemeyer, Gina Crumble, and Shawn Eddings Levesque.​​​
  • 09/01/2021 - Annual Family Law Reception

    Each year, the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center hosts a Family Law Welcome Reception in the beginning of the fall semester to kick off the year.  This year, it was well attended by our family law students as well as practitioners in the Chicago legal community.  As always, this reception remains a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the start of our academic year, learn more...
  • 07/01/2021 - Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board Annoucements

    ​​​​DePaul Law is excited to announce the incoming Chair of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board, Lisa Nelson (JD '93), and the incoming Vice-Chair, Diana López!​DePaul University College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Advisory Board welcomes Chidinma Ahukanna, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., Boye Akinwande, Cook County Office of...
  • 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...
  • 03/02/2021 - Planning for the Future: Medical and Legal Components of End of Life Decisions​​​

    ​​​Mitha Rao (Rao Legal, LLC) and Dr. Anuj Shah (Heartland Health Centers) met with our students and legal community to provide ​a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of estate planning and incapacity planning.  They also talked about challenges health care providers face when treating patients without decision making capacity and no estate plans in place. The...
  • 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. ​

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