Sunday, February 12, 2006

Family Law Education Reform Report Completed

Sponsored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the Center for Children, Families and the Law of Hofstra Law School, the Family Law Education Report has been released and concludes that law schools should reconsider nature and purposes of legal education in family law. FLER examined current courses and teaching materials, and organized several conferences in which family law professors and stakeholders in the family law system shared their views on the family law curriculum. With support from the Johnson Foundation and the JAMS Foundation, the project also systematically surveyed judges, lawyers, mediators, mental health professionals and others about the knowledge and skills required to effectively practice family law. FLER is Co-chaired by Peter Salem, AFCC Executive Director and Andrew Schepard, Professor of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law and FLER’s reporters, Professors Mary E. O’Connell of Northeastern University School of Law and J. Herbie DiFonzo of Hofstra University, wrote a Report for law schools to improve their family law curricula.

The Reporters will prepare a final Report to be published in the Family Court Review in October 2006 with additional commentary from legal educators, judges, lawyers, mediators and mental health professionals. If you are interested in reading the Report, you can download the document from the AFCC Web site at www.afccnet.org/about/fam_law_tf.asp. AFCC will be hosting two workshops on the research and implementation of the Report at its 43rd Annual Conference in Tampa Bay, May 31-June 3, 2006. More detail on these workshops can be found in the AFCC conference brochure on the AFCC Web site at www.afccnet.org or by calling (608) 664-3750.

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