Student Activities and Extracurricular Opportunities
Coffee Talk is a weekly speaker series open to all members of the Law School community. Each Coffee Talk program features a presenter who is knowledgeable in the field of children’s law. Recent speakers have included the director of the state’s child welfare agency, an attorney who represents unaccompanied minors in deportation proceedings, a lawyer involved in a major class action on behalf of students of color in a local public school system, and a father who was successful in having his children returned to his custody. Coffee Talk takes place on Wednesdays, from 4:00 – 4:50.
CONFERENCES AND SYMPOSIA
Each year the ChildLaw Center sponsors or co-sponsors a number of conferences, symposia and workshops focused on current issues in children’s law and policy. In the fall, the Children’s Legal Rights Journal hosts a symposium on topics such as cyberbullying, LGBT youth, and immigration. The ChildLaw and Education Institute sponsors two annual conferences on emerging issues in education, including universal preschool and the role of special education in charter schools. The ChildLaw Center also co-sponsors an annual professional workshop in collaboration with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). The Carol Harding Lecture focuses on an interdisciplinary topic of significance to children and families and takes place annually in May in connection with the Children’s Summer Institute.
The ChildLaw Society organizes a holiday gift drive for clients served by the ChildLaw Clinic, participates in Hunger Week activities and raises awareness through educational activities during Child Abuse Prevention Week.
The Education Law Society is dedicated to informing students about opportunities and careers in Education Law, networking and serving others.
Law-Related Education is a program in which 40-60 law students volunteer each semester to assist youth in the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center better understand their rights and the legal process.
In addition, students interested in child and family law are frequently active in other student organizations, including the Public Interest Law Society.
Periodically students are invited to participate in a lunchtime discussion and exchange of ideas with a distinguished visitor, alumnus/a, or practitioner. Recently, for example, students met informally with a child protection specialist for UNICEF to learn about opportunities for practice in the area of international children’s rights.