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Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Public Interest Law

Diane C. Geraghty

Title/s: A. Kathleen Beazley Chair in ChildLaw
Professor Director, Civitas ChildLaw Center

Office #: Corboy 1316

Phone: 312.915.7155

E-mail: dgeragh@luc.edu


A member of the Loyola faculty since 1977, Professor Geraghty developed and directs Loyola's nationally recognized Civitas ChildLaw Center. Her teaching, scholarship, and service focus on all aspects of the law as it affects children. She has served as a consultant to UNICEF in Africa and Asia and is the recipient of many awards for her contributions to children's law, including the American Bar Association Livingston Hall Award, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Award, and the Women of Concern Leadership Award. From 2004 - 2005 she served as Interim Dean of the School of Law. In 2009 she received Loyola University Chicago's Faculty Member of the Year award.


B.A., California, 1965
M.A., University of Chicago, 1967
J.D., Northwestern, 1972

Program Areas

Administrative Law
Child, Parent and State
ChildLaw Fellows Seminar
ChildLaw Trial Practice
Children and the Law
Constitutional Law I
Constitutional Law II
International and Comparative Family Law
Juvenile Justice
LL.M. Seminar
M.J. Seminar  

Professional & Community Affiliations

American Civil Liberties Union, National Board of Directors, Member

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, Board, Member; Strategic Planning Committee, Co-Chair

Citizens Committee on the Juvenile Court, Chair

Illinois Child Welfare, Editorial Board, Member

Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative, Honorary Board Member

Illinois State Court Improvement Project, Co-Chair 


Edwin A. Rothschild Award, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, 2005

Laureate of the Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Illinois Lawyers, 2005

Leonard Jay Schrager Award, Chicago Bar Foundation (with Thomas F. Geraghty), 2003

Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award, American Bar Association, 2001 

Selected Publications


Juvenile Law Benchbook, Volumes I and II, Illinois Supreme Court (2001)

Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Child: In re Pena (with Angela Vigil and Thomas Geraghty), National Institute for Trial Advocacy (2003) 


Models for Change: A Post-Modern Initiative to Promote a Fair, Rational, and Effective Juvenile Justice System, 27 Child. L. R. J. 66 (2007)

The Youngest Felons: A Proposal for Civil Prosecution of "Tender Age" Children Accused of Serious Crimes, 21 Child. L. R. J. 2 (2002)

Ethical Issues in the Legal Representation of Children in Illinois: Roles, Rules and Reforms, 29 Loy. U. Chi. L. J. 289 (1998)

The Role of Legal Education in the Emerging Legal Specialty of Pediatric Law, 26 Loy. U. Chi. L. J. 131 (1995) 


In re Pena, Representing Children and Families in Juvenile Court (with Geraghty and Vigil), National Institute for Trial Advocacy (2003)

Recent Presentations

"How to Work More Effectively with Probation Officers in Juvenile Justice Proceeding," and "Right-sizing the Juvenile Justice System," National Juvenile Defender Summit, Los Angeles, California, October 2005

"Training Child Welfare Professionals in Courtroom Advocacy," National Association of Counsel for Children Conference, Hollywood, California, August 2005

"Child Protection Caselaw Update," Illinois Juvenile Judges Colloquium, July 2003

"Juvenile Competency and the Law," Midwest Juvenile Defender Workshop, July 2003

"A Status Report on the Treatment of Children," Keynote Panel,"Arts, Media and Human Rights: Dignity without Borders Conference," Columbia College, Chicago, May 2003