Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Final Report Available: The Family Law Education Reform Project Final Report

"The FLER Project argues that a re-orientation of family law teaching is overdue. The new family law curriculum would present the bedrock doctrinal and constitutional principles of the case law, but it would put these rulings in their historical and sociological context. Then it would explicitly link that context to the pressures facing American families and American family law today. This new family law would then venture beyond content and context to deal explicitly with lawyers' conduct -- the ethical issues lawyers face and the response to their behavior offered in studies like Sarat and Felstiner's Divorce Lawyers and their Clients. Finally the new family law curriculum would emphasize the acquisition of a broad range of skills in listening, counseling, communicating, managing and more."

"The Family Law Education Reform Project (the "FLER" Project") is co-sponsored by the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at Hofstra Law School. This Final report is based on a series of dialogues between family law academics and practitioners from many disciplines, a FLER Project survey, and research conducted by law students at Hofstra University and Northeastern University."

By Mary E. O'Connell and J. Herbie DiFonzo, Co-Reporters Download (last visited 9-25-06 NVS)

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