Diane Geraghty is Loyola’s A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in Children’s Law and director of the internationally renowned Civitas ChildLaw Center. Her teaching, scholarship, and service focus primarily on all aspects of the law as it affects children and families. Professor Geraghty is also co-director of Loyola’s new interdisciplinary Center on Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. She has served as a consultant on legal education and children’s rights in Africa and Asia and is the recipient of many awards for her contributions to children’s law.
Donald Duquette is a clinical professor of law and founder of the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, the oldest and one of the most influential clinical law programs in the country specializing in child abuse, neglect, and foster care cases. His research and teaching interests focus on interdisciplinary approaches to child welfare law and policy. He manages the law school’s Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Summer Fellowship Program and in 2004 created the school’s first mediation clinic. Professor Duquette is also the co-editor of the NACC Red Book, Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases.
Erik Pitchal is a judge in Brooklyn Family Court, having been appointed to the New York City bench by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in January 2013. Judge Pitchal hears dependency, delinquency, and custody cases. Previously, he was a law professor, specializing in juvenile and family law; an independent child welfare consultant; and a lawyer representing children in dependency, delinquency, and civil rights cases. He has written and presented extensively on issues relating to the representation of children and the child welfare system. Judge Pitchal has been on the NACC board since 2009 and previously served on the board's executive committee. He was a former law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. and a graduate of Brown University and Yale Law School.
Leslie Starr Heimov
Leslie Starr Heimov is the executive director of the Children's Law Center of California (CLC), where she began her career as a staff attorney, moving on to supervising attorney, representing parents and children in the dependency system. Ms. Heimov also served as CLC’s policy director where she was responsible for its legislative and policy agenda. She is a member of the California Judicial Council Family and Juvenile Law Committee, the Los Angeles County Education Coordinating Council, the California Child Welfare Council and is the co-chair of the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Action Team. She sits on the R.I.S.E. High Leadership Council, the Board of Regents of the DaVinci Schools, and is a founding member of the Family Justice Initiative. She has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Counsel for Children since 2006 and is currently serving as the vice president of the NACC Board.
Marty Guggenheim is one of the nation’s foremost experts on children’s rights and family law and has taught at New York University (NYU) School of Law since 1973. He is the founder of the Family Defense Clinic, which represents parents and other adult relatives of children in foster care in New York City. Mr. Guggenheim has been an active litigator in the area of children and the law and has argued leading cases on juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights in the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also a well-known scholar, having published more than 50 book chapters and articles in leading United States’ law reviews, including Columbia, Harvard, Michigan, and NYU. His research has focused on adolescent abortion, First Amendment rights in schools, the role of counsel for children in court proceedings, empirical research in child welfare practice, juvenile justice, and family law. He is the author of seven books on children and parents including What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights. Mr. Guggenheim earned his JD from NYU School of Law where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Scholar.
Diane Geraghty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Don Duquette, University of Michigan Law School
Judge Erik Pitchal, New York City Civil Court
Marty Guggenheim, New York University Law School
Leslie Starr Heimov, Children’s Law Center of California
|3:10 p.m.||Audience Q&A and Panel Discussion|
|3:45 p.m.||Closing Remarks
Kim Dvorchak, National Association of Counsel for Children
Carrie Seleman, Loyola University Chicago School of Law