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Colene Robinson - Class of 1997

Colene Robinson ('97) is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado Law School, where she directs the Juvenile Law Clinic. Student attorneys in the clinic represent children and parents primarily in child welfare cases. Additionally, Professor Robinson co-directs the Juvenile and Family Law Program, providing law students with a comprehensive curriculum, and the legal community with research and programming on cutting edge issues in the field.

Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Robinson was a sole practitioner representing children and parents in child abuse and neglect and delinquency cases in Colorado. She also clerked for the Connecticut State Supreme Court and then worked in New York City Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division. She moved to Colorado to become the Program Director of the National Association of Counsel for Children and directed the NACC Resource Center. 


Nancy Drane - Class of 2001

Nancy Drane (2001) was an elementary school teacher and staff member with the Inner-City Teaching Corps (ICTC) in Chicago prior to attending Loyola. While at Loyola, Nancy participated in the ChildLaw Clinic and was Managing Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Review. Nancy also externed at the Children's Health and Education Project at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law. Following law school, Nancy clerked for the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Nancy is currently the Training Director at The Children's Law Center (CLC), the largest legal services organization in Washington, D.C. Nancy joined CLC as a staff attorney in 2003, serving as a guardian ad litem for children in D.C.'s child welfare system. In her current position, Nancy is responsible for CLC's internal training programs and its responsibilities to support the private bar practicing in the Neglect Branch of the D.C. Superior Court, Family Court Division. Nancy serves on the Family Law Section Steering Committee of the D.C. Bar, and is an Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law. In 2009, Nancy was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) by the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC).


Steve Mulligan - Class of 2009

Steve Mulligan ('09) is an attorney in the Tyson's Corner, Virginia office of McGuireWoods LLP. He has worked in several child-focused positions including as a law clerk at the Center for Law and Social Work and as a legal intern at The Cradle, the largest adoption agency in Illinois. Steve has a special interest in the fields of child advocacy, domestic violence, and adoption law and policy. He pursues these interests through the McGuirewoods and AOL "Attorney of the Day" program representing victims of domestic violence in Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts. Steve is the author of three child law related articles: 

- The Roots of Restorative Justice: Constructive Myths, 31 UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE LAW REVIEW (Fall 2009).

- Redefining Domestic Violence: Using the Power and Control Paradigm for Criminal Domestic Violence Legislation, 29 CHILDREN'S LEGAL RIGHTS JOURNAL (Summer 2009).

- Inconsistency in Illinois Adoption Law: Adoption Agencies' Uncertain Duty to Disclose, Investigate, and Inquire, 39 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO LAW JOURNAL 799 (2008).