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Action Needed! What you can do RIGHT NOW!

Governor Rauner’s budget proposes eliminating all services to youth in foster care ages 18 -21. These are critical ages in development, and a period when adolescents need our support in preparing for a full and productive adulthood. Imagine being 18 without any adult guidance or support. Ending essential supports for this population is morally unconscionable and fiscally irresponsible. A statement of the Coalition to Support the Future of Our Youth which explains in greater detail the reasons for opposing the cuts can be found here.

What you can do RIGHT NOW to oppose these cuts!

Read testimony and letters opposing the budget cuts from youth who were or currently are in foster care, and the testimony of Professor Anita Weinberg before the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

Illinois’ Budget Crisis and the Human Services: Why and What Can Be Done About It?

Ralph Martire, JD, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA), spoke to law students at a recent ChildLaw Coffee Talk.  CTBA, a bipartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy think tank, works to promote  social and economic justice by taking a data-driven, evidence-based, and best practice approach to long term reform policies. Mr. Martire, highly regarded for his ability to make economic and budget-related issues understandable and comprehensible, discussed Illinois’ budget crisis, critical issues affecting the state, and CTBA’s proposed solutions. See powerpoint.

Civitas ChildLaw Center Expands Global Initiatives
 On December 16, 2014 nationally renowned researchers and leaders on evidence-based solutions to gun violence met to discuss the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy’s report on ground breaking approaches to gun violence prevention and the Illinois perspective. Read more.  
Civitas ChildLaw Center Expands Global Initiatives
 Most recently the Civitas ChildLaw Center announced its partnership with the London-based International Juvenile Justice Observatory to establish a North American Council for Juvenile Justice. Read article here
Improving Illinois’ Response to Sexual Offenses Committed by Youth
 ‌The report on “Improving Illinois’ Response to Sexual Offenses Committed by Youth,” which Loyola’s ChildLaw Policy Institute was integrally involved in researching and drafting with the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, was released Tuesday, March 25.  Amy Meek, Post-graduate Policy Teaching Fellow in the ChildLaw Policy Institute and Professor Anita Weinberg, Director of the Policy Institute, along with students in their ChildLaw Legislation and Policy Clinic, worked on the report over a two year period.



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    • August 2013
      Loyola University Chicago’s Education Law and Policy Institute and the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law have partnered to conduct an independent monitoring project for two days at Chicago Public Schools when classes resume on Monday, August 26.  Approximately 50 volunteer project monitors, including law students, lawyers, and other professionals, will be assigned to schools that are expecting new students displaced by the recent CPS closings.  Monitors will work in brief shifts on the first two days of school at CPS to welcome parents and students, as well as distribute “know your rights” materials and provide legal referrals as needed.  

    • May 20
      Broadening the Landscape: Child Protection Through a Public Health Lens
      Carol Harding Lecture Series
      15 Annual Children's Summer Institute
      Loyola University Chicago Water Tower Campus, Lewis Towers, 111 E. Pearson, Regent’s Hall 1:30 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.


    • February 20
      The Honorable Nancy Katz, judge in the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will share a view from the bench on emerging issues and challenges in domestic relations law. Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson, 11th Fl. 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • March 15
      Education Conference: Innovations in Early Childhood Education: The Creative Use of Public-Private Partnerships to Provide Cost-Effective High Quality School Reading Programs
    • March 27
      Sheila Merry, Executive Director of a new nonprofit organization, Illinois Mentoring Partnership, will discuss the role of mentoring in promoting positive youth outcomes for children.‌




Howard Davidson, Executive Director of the American Bar Association, was the inaugural recipient of the Civitas ChildLaw Center’s

 Leaders in Child Advocacy Award. Davidson also gave the keynote address at the annual Children’s Legal Rights Journal Symposium, Growing Up Undocumented in America.

On September 10, 2012, the ChildLaw Center co-sponsored a program on child trafficking with the Loyola Center on the Human Rights of Children. Keynote speaker at the event was Laurel Bellows, a Loyola law school alumna and current president of the American Bar Association.