Children and Family Law Center

Now available:
Strengthening Families Model in a Legal Context,
a six-part webinar series for family law professionals on topics pertaining to cultivating family well-being.

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 Center does not represent clients and does not handle individual cases. Individuals seeking legal advice should contact the Washburn Law Clinic. 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

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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, '14


"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

Associate Director

Gillian Chadwick
Associate Professor of Law