Family Law Center hosts annual panel on practicing family law

DePaul Law Family Law Panel
(from left to right) Laura Ashmore, Alexis Mansfield, Andrea Belard and Dave Zwaska discuss their family law careers with law students.

DePaul University College of Law’s Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center held its annual panel on the practice of family law featuring attorneys from the public and private sector. Its participants were Laura Ashmore, partner at Davis Friedman; Dave Zwaska, associate at Dussias Skallas Wittenberg; Alexis Mansfield, supervising attorney of CLAIM at Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Andrea Belard, staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. The first two speakers compared practicing family law in a small and large firm, while the second two discussed aiding low-income and incarcerated clients.

Although the speakers highlighted different areas of their careers, they all gave attendees relevant information about pursuing their own paths in family law. They encouraged students to take advantage of the many opportunities DePaul Law has for students interested in the field, including a Family Law Clinic and a Child & Family Law Certificate. Additionally, the four attorneys shared the belief that while family law can be emotionally powerful, it also be very rewarding because you are helping real people and families. 

The panel was co-sponsored by Law Career Services and the Center for Public Interest Law.