Children and Family Law Center

Washburn University School of Law's Children and Family Law Center prepares law students to provide high quality legal representation for children and to advocate to improve the quality of justice for children and their families.

Students partner with faculty members, practicing lawyers, judges, social workers and mental health professionals in an educational program designed to provide them with the knowledge and tools they will need to represent both child and adult clients successfully.

In addition to the traditional classes, the Center offers students training in crucial skills such as counseling, negotiation, mediation, interdisciplinary research and advocacy.

Please note: The Children and Family Law Center is an advocacy center for children. It is not a "live client" center and does not handle individual cases. The Center deals with policy issues — welfare reform, protection of children in state care and in custody cases generally. The Washburn Law Clinic does handle client cases but is able to take only a limited number of family law cases each semester. See also the Clinic's Information for Potential Clients for other organizations that may be able to provide legal assistance.

Washburn University School of Law
Children and Family Law Center
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
(785) 670-1838
children [at]

Photograph: Hazel Gauthier.

"Using the skills I gathered through various family law courses, I was able to effectively represent the best interest of a child as a Guardian Ad Litem. Particularly, my Child Advocacy class provided me with the guidance I needed to conduct a proper investigation and to understand the ethical obligations that rise when advocating for a child. Washburn Law through its variety of courses and clinic opportunities truly provides the experience that prepares students for practice after law school."

— Hazel Gauthier
J.D. Candidate '14

Faculty Member

"Children and families face numerous and complex problems in today's society. The Center trains lawyers to effectively advocate for these clients, especially those involved in administrative and judicial proceedings."

-- Richard S. Righter Distinguished Professor of Law Professor Linda Henry Elrod, Children and Family Law Center Director