Public Interest Law
Stacey E. Platt
Title: Clinical Professor of Law , Associate Director, Civitas ChildLaw Clinic
Office #: Corboy 1118
Stacey Platt is a clinical professor of law and the associate director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where her focus is the training of law students to represent children in legal proceedings.
Professor Platt has dedicated her legal career to representing low-income children and families. At the ChildLaw Clinic, Professor Platt and her students represent children involved in child protection cases and high conflict custody disputes. In addition to clinical supervision, Professor Platt co-teaches the weekly clinic seminar, and serves as a faculty lecturer and trainer in several other law school courses involving child and family law, as well as trial practice.
Before joining Loyola, Professor Platt was a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where her areas of focus were domestic violence and children's issues. She has extensive experience representing parents, caretakers and children in abuse and neglect proceedings in the juvenile court and in custody and visitation proceedings in the domestic relations court, including work on significant appeals. She has also worked on several class action lawsuits pursuing reform of Illinois' child welfare and education systems.
Professor Platt has co-authored several articles on topics including failed adoption, older youth aging out of foster care, and the educational rights of homeless children. She co-wrote and appeared in a video module of the American Bar Association's National Training Program on the Representation of Children in High Conflict Custody Disputes. Professor Platt serves on the editorial board of Family Court Review, a publication of Hofstra University and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).
Professor Platt has served as a teacher for the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in numerous litigation training programs for children's advocates and domestic violence advocates.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Professor Platt was a caseworker in the New York City child welfare system. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She received her law degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law.
In August 2011, The Chicago Bar Association honored Professor Platt with the Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence, in recognition of her contribution to improving access to justice.
B.A., Wisconsin, 1984
J.D., cum laude, New York University, 1991
Diane Geraghty, Stacey Platt, and Anita Weinberg, Mandated Reporting Laws, for the book
Understanding Children, Civitas Initiative and Top Press (2002) (Also published in Right on Course, a manual for teachers, Civitas Initiative (2002))
Stacey Platt and Anita Weinberg, The Question of Best Interest of the Child in Failed Adoptions: A Case Study, Adoption Quarterly (Fall 2001)
Laurene Heybach and Stacey Platt, Termination of Older Youth from Foster Care: A Protocol for Illinois, Public Interest Law Reporter (Spring 2000)
Stacey Platt and Anita Weinberg, Intimate Partner Violence and the Law in Illinois, Loyola University Department of Family Medicine Training and Resource Manual (November 1999)
Laurene Heybach and Stacey Platt, Enforcing the Educational Rights of Homeless Children and Youth: Focus on Chicago, Clearinghouse Review (May-June 1998)
Presenter, Zealous Advocacy and Best Interests: Ethical Dilemmas in Family Law, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts National Conference, Chicago, IL (Summer 2012)
Presenter, The Child’s role in Family ADR, Marquette University School of Law National Invitational Conference on the Future of ADR in Family Law, Milwaukee, WI (Fall 2011)
Presenter, Attack on Child Representatives, Cook County Child Representative Panel Attorney Training Program, Chicago, IL (Fall 2011)
Presenter, Who is my Client? Annual National Legal Aid Conference, Chicago, IL (Fall 2011)
Faculty, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Building Partnerships between Legal Services Programs and Law School Clinics, San Diego, CA (Summer 2011)
Presenter, Lilac Tree Divorce College, Evanston, IL (Summer 2011)
Presenter, Building Connections with Child Clients, with Professor Sacha Coupet, Loyola University Chicago School of Law Norman Amaker Retreat, Woodstock, IL (Spring 2011)
Guest Lecturer, Role of the Child Representative in Domestic Violence Cases, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL (2009, 2010)
Panelist, NYU Law School Forum, What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights?, New York, NY (2007)
Invited Trainee, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Faculty Development Program, Washington, D.C. (November 2007)
Trainer, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Institute on Domestic Violence and Mediation, Chicago, IL (September 2007)
Speaker, Five Things Well Meaning Advocates Trying to Import Best Interest into Asylum Proceedings Should Know, Migration and Child Welfare Round Table Conference, Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work and Humane Society, Chicago, IL (August 2006)
Invited Participant, UNLV Working Conference, Representing Children in Families: Children=s Advocacy and Justice Ten Years After Fordham, Las Vegas, NV (January 2006)
Speaker, Child=s Voice in Domestic Relations Proceedings: Legalities and Practicalities, Cook County Child Representative Panel Attorney Training Program, Chicago, IL (October 2005)
Speaker, Mandated Reporting for Teachers and School Administrators, DePaul University Teacher Training Institute, Chicago, IL (Summers 2004, 2005)
Speaker, Child Welfare and Juvenile Court Processes, Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, Chicago, IL (January 2004)
Speaker, Adoption and Safe Families Act: The Impact on Court Process, Capital University School of Law, Columbus, OH (September 2003)
Guest Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago Children=s Summer Institute, Chicago, IL (2001-2004)
Selected Appointments and Recognition
Member, Cook County Domestic Relations Division Child Representative Screening Committee (2012-Present)
Advisory Board Member, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, Honoring Families Initiative (2012-Present)
Recipient, Chicago Bar Association Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence for Public Service by a Law School Professor (2011)
Member, National Immigrant Justice Center Task force on Unaccompanied Minors (2008-Present)
Member, Chicago Council of Lawyers Work Group on Domestic Relations (2008-Present)
Member, Cook County Domestic Relations Division Advisory Group on Child Representative Training (2007-Present)
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, litigation training for survivor representatives (2006-Present)
Editorial Board Member, Family Court Review, a publication of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and the Hofstra University Center on Children and Families (2004-Present)
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Training for the Child and Family law Practitioner, Hofstra University School of Law, New York (2004-Present)
Member, Cook County Domestic Relations Division Advisory Group on Mediation and Parent Education (2009-2011)
Member, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence Child Custody Institute Advisory Committee (2006)
Member, Advisory Committee, Family Law Education Reform Project (2004-2005)