Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Public Interest Law

Anita Weinberg

Title/s: Clinical Professor of Law
Director, ChildLaw Policy Institute

Office #: Corboy 1114

Phone: 312.915.6482

E-mail: aweinbe@luc.edu


Anita Weinberg has worked on behalf of children and families for over 35 years as an attorney and as a social worker. Prior to teaching at Loyola, she served as director of Policy and Planning for the Department of Children and Family Services Office of Inspector General. Previously she was an Assistant Cook County Public Guardian representing abused and neglected children and supervising staff attorneys. She also was a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where she represented parents and children in the juvenile court, in class action litigation, and in legislative advocacy. Professor Weinberg was adjunct faculty at the University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration for nine years, where she created and taught a class on social work and the law. As a social worker she directed the Resources for Permanence Project at the Child Welfare League of America in New York City. Professor Weinberg involves students in interdisciplinary projects in the areas of child welfare, juvenile justice and health. Most recently, she and students have been intensively involved in efforts to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Chicago, an issue that has been linked to special education needs and other medical and behavioral problems that have the potential for limiting children's learning potential and opportunity. She is the recipient of grants from the Chicago Community Trust, Telligen, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for work on lead poisoning prevention. She serves on numerous committees and councils devoted to children's rights. She has co-authored amendments to the Illinois Juvenile Court Act and the Illinois Lead Poisoning Prevention Act. Professor Weinberg has testified before congressional and state legislative committees on child welfare and health related issues. 


B.A., Michigan, 1974
M.S.S.W., Columbia, 1977
J.D., Loyola Chicago, 1986

Program Areas

Interdisciplinary Seminar on Domestic Violence
ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinic
Comparative Domestic Violence Law Seminar (LAW 234)
Children's Summer Institute
Fellows Capstone Seminar

Professional & Community Affiliations

Chapin Hall at University of Chicago, Institutional Review Board (2010-present)

YWCA/North Shore, Chair (2012-present), Vice-President (2009-2012); Chair, Advocacy Committee (2007-2009); Member, Racial Justice Committee (2008-present); Board Member (2005-present);

Family Defense Center, Advisory Council Member (2008- present); Founding Board Member (2005-2007

Clarence Darrow Commemorative Committee, Co-Chair, 1989 – present)

Cook County Lead Poisoning Advisory Council, Member( 2001 – present)

Illinois Lead Safe Housing Advisory Council, Co-chair (January 2005-present)

Illinois Lead Safe Housing Task Force, Chair(1999 –present)


Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2006

Distinguished Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Alumni Award, 2003

Edith Spurlock Sampson Juvenile Justice Pioneer Award, 2000

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, in recognition of service to the legal profession through service to the underprivileged, 1993.

Selected Publications


Karen Blumenthal and Anita Weinberg (eds.), Establishing Parent Involvement in Foster Care Agencies, New York: Child Welfare League of America (1984)

Chapters in Books

“A Case Study of a Partnership in Chicago to Prevent Childhood Lead Poisoning,” in Garbarino and Sigman (eds.) A Child's Right to a Healthy Environment, New York: Springer Publishing Company (2011

Neglected, Abused and Dependent Children - Dispositions and Permanency, (co-authored with Bruce Boyer) in Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice (IICLE 2007, updated 2009, 2012)

Karen Blumenthal and Anita Weinberg, “Involving Parents: Administrative Responsibility,” in Establishing Parent Involvement in Foster Care Agencies, New York: Child Welfare League of America (1984)

Karen Blumenthal and Anita Weinberg, “Issues Concerning Parental Visiting of Children in Foster Care,” in Hardin, Mark (ed.) Foster Children in the Courts, Boston: Butterworth Legal Publishers (1983)

Selected Articles

Anita Weinberg, “An Introduction to the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997,” 24 Children’s Legal Rights Journal 1 (Spring 2004)

Anita Weinberg and Carol Harding, “Interdisciplinary Teaching and Collaboration
in Higher Education: A Concept Whose Time Has Come,” 14 Washington University Journal of Law & Policy (2004)

Anita Weinberg, “Lead Poisoning Threatens Children’s Health, Legal System Responds,” 7:1 Public Interest Law Reporter (Spring 2002)

Stacey Platt and Anita Weinberg, “The Question of Best Interest in Failed Adoptions: A Case Study,” 4:4 Adoption Quarterly (2001) 

Anita Weinberg and Linda Katz, “Law and Social Work in Partnership for Permanency: The Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Role of Concurrent Planning,” 18:4 Children’s Legal Rts. J. (Fall 1998) 

Other Publications

Childhood Lead Poisoning: A Historical Perspective (produced 8 minute video) (2008)

Report to the Illinois General Assembly and Governor on Recommendations of the Illinois Lead Safe Housing Advisory Council (2007)

Lead Safe Chicago: A Strategic Plan to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning in Chicago by 2010 (with Anne Evens) (2004)

Parent's Guide To The Juvenile Court: Abuse and Neglect Proceedings (ISBA, 2000)

Selected Recent Presentations

"Examining the Impact of Lead Laws on Housing Quality and Children's Health," American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and Public Health Law Research (2012) (webinar panelist)

“Effectively Teaching Legislative and Policy Advocacy: The Pedagogical, Ethical, and Structural Challenges,” AALS Clinical Teachers Conference (2012) (workshop presenter)

Legislative and Policy Advocacy Working Group, AALS Clinical Teachers Conference (2012) (three-day workgroup co-facilitator)

Urban Issues Summit: Health Disparities, Loyola University Water Tower Campus Life (2012) (plenary session panelist)

“Policy and Legislative Advocacy: Seen through the Lens of Two Opposite Issues,” National
Student Leadership Conference (2011) (presenter)

Juvenile Sex Offenders: Policies and Litigation, Open Society Foundation and Public Welfare
Foundation (2011) (participant, invitational meeting)

“Kids Run Better Unleaded,” Loyola-Provident Family Medicine Residency Program (2011)
(plenary session panelist)

“Policy and Legislative Advocacy,” UCLA/IALS Seventh International Clinical Conference (2010) (co-presenter)

“Voices and Choices: How the Election Results Affect Illinois Children and Families,” Voices
 for Illinois Children (2010) (plenary panelist)
“Teaching Policy and Legislative Advocacy through Clinical Education,” Clinical Law Review
 Workshop, New York University School of Law (2010) (co-presenter) 

“Teaching Policy and Legislative Advocacy through Clinical Education,”
25th Anniversary Clinical Theory Workshop, New York Law School (2010) (co-presenter)

“Advocacy and Policy Reform,” National Student Leadership Conference (2010) (presenter)

“Fighting Environmental Injustice in Urban Environments,” Public Listening Session on
America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (2010) (panelist)

“Applying Clinical Theory to the Design and Implementation of Legislative Advocacy Clinics,”
AALS Clinical Teachers Conference (2010) (organizer and co-workshop presenter)

“Challenges in Constructing and Reconstructing Experiential Education Programs,” Experiential
Renaissance Roundtable, University of Minnesota School of Law (2010) (roundtable

“Representing the Child: Strategies for Safe and Timely Return Home,” Illinois Administrative
Office of the Courts (2009 in Rockford, July 2009 in Effingham and Springfield,
Illinois) (speaker)

“Tackling Childhood Lead Poisoning: Community Organizing, Fostering Collaborations, and
Policy and Legislative Action,” Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
(2009) (Inaugural Public Health Grand Rounds Lecture)

“Teaching Advocacy and Policy Reform,” Interdisciplinary Collaborative Education Conference,
Georgia State University (2009) (panelist)

“National Health Housing Policy Summit,” National Center for Healthy Housing/Alliance for
Healthy Homes (2009) (invitational round table participant)