Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

ChildLaw Seminar Summer Seminar Series

Hot Topics in Children’s Law and Policy

To view previously recorded sessions, click on the links below.

Summer 2014

"Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 101 What Every Child Advocate Needs to Know" - Janet Wagner, LLM Child & Family Law(Executive Director and Managing Attorney of Children’s Center for Law and Advocacy).

 “The Evolving Medical and Legal Debate About Shaken Baby Syndrome: Diagnosing Traumatic Head Injuries in Children–Melissa L. Staas (Staff Attorney at The Family Defense Center).

Child Trafficking in the United States – Current Trends and Systemic Gaps- Professor Katherine Kaufa-Walts (Director of Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago School of Law).

 “School Discipline: Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance - Professor Kathleen Hirsman (Senior Lecturer Loyola University Chicago School of Law) and Miranda Johnson, (Associate Director of Education Law and Policy Institute, Loyola University Chicago).

The Return of Abducted Children under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction - Professor Bruce Boyer (Director of Civitas ChildLaw Clinic, Loyola University Chicago).

Where I’ve Been: Ageing Out of the Foster Care System” - April Curtis (Illinois Statewide Program Manager for Teens and Alumni of DCFS at Be Strong Families).

"Take it Outside: The Court's Increasing Reliance on Parenting Coordinators in High Conflict Families"- Dr. Gail Petrich, M.A., J.D., Psy.D. (Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator, Psychologist).

Summer 2015

Improving Responses to Youth who have Committed Sexual Offenses. - Lisa Jacobs (Program Manager for the Illinois Models of Change Initiative of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Forensic Social Work: The Value of Interdisciplinary Collaboration. - Viola Vaughan-Eden (President, National Organization of Forensic Social Work)

A Model for Residential Treatment for Youth: Moving the System from Conflict to Shared Understanding."  - Mary Shahbazian (President of the Allendale Association)

The Center for Law and Social Work: A Team Approach that Serves the Needs of Families. - Mary Nanos (Director of the Center for Law and Social Work in Chicago)

 Representing Children in Family Law Cases: Controversies and Challenges.  - Stacey Platt (Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Civitas ChildLaw Center at Loyola University Chicago School of Law)

Immunizations and the Law: A Conundrum.” - Jerry Williamson (Board Certified Physician and Chief Medical Officer of Collier Health Services, Inc.)

I’m Just a Bill: Navigating the Legislative Process.– Anita Weinberg (Clinical Professor of Law Director, ChildLaw Policy Institute)