Levin College of Law

Center on Children & Families

The Center on Children and Families is an interdisciplinary center committed to filling the need for high quality advocacy by creating programs and resources that bring an interdisciplinary, evidence-based and child-centered approach to issues of children’s law and policy.

Shani King
Director

 

Mission

The mission of the Center on Children and Families is to promote the highest quality of advocacy, teaching and scholarship in the areas of child & family law and policy. We believe that children, as the least powerful of our citizens, are most in need of high quality advocacy. They must depend on adults – parents, teachers, doctors and lawyers – to vindicate their rights to protection from abuse and to overcome barriers to education and health care. Children cannot lobby for legislation or retain high-powered lawyers and costly experts. While great strides have been made in educating family lawyers, we believe that too few professionals have the breadth of training necessary to advocate effectively for children and their families.
Our Center is committed to filling the need for high quality advocacy, teaching and scholarship by creating programs and resources that bring an interdisciplinary, evidence-based and child-centered approach to issues of children’s law and policy. Through its Certificate in Family Law, Family Advocacy Clinic, Gator TeamChild Juvenile Law, Annual Conferences, Publications, and Student Fellowships, the Center on Children and Families is training a new generation of advocates for a new era.

Goals

  • Promote quality scholarship on issues of importance to children and their families.
  • Train a new generation of advocates for children and their families.
  • Educate children about their rights and responsibilities in a free society, and
  • Promote interdisciplinary and child-centered methods for studying systems serving children and their families.

Advisory Board

 

Bob Merlin

Robert J. Merlin, P.A.

Gabriela Ruiz

Kobre & Kim

 

 

Katy DeBriere

Florida Health Justice Project

Sandy Bohrer

Holland & Knight

 

 

Selected Scholarship




Jason NanceDismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Tools for Change, 48 Arizona State Law Journal313 (2016).

Students, Police, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, 93 Washington University Law Review919 (2016).

Student Surveillance, Racial Inequalities, and Implicit Racial Bias, 66 Emory Law Journal765 (2017).



 





Nancy DowdA Developmental Equality Model for the Best Interests of Children, in Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well Being, Elaine E. Sutherland and LesleyAnne Barnes Macfarlane, eds. Cambridge University Press(2016).

A New Juvenile Justice System: Total Reform for a Broken System, NYU Press(2015).

“ A New Vision for Work and Family: Review of Sandra Berns, Women Going Backwards: Law and Change in a Family Unfriendly Society ”, Griffith L. Rev.(2003).

A Review of Fifty Years of Family Law: Essays for Stephen Cretney, 46 Fam. L.Q.473 (2013).

Black Boys Matter: Developmental Equality, 45 Hofstra L. Rev.47 (2016).

Bridging the Work/Family Divide: Implications of a Broader Sex Discrimination Analysis for Men’s Work/Family Issues, 67 Fla. L. Rev.122 (2016).

“ Bringing the Margin to the Center: Comprehensive Strategies for Work/Family Policies ”, U. Cin. L. Rev.(2005).

Family: Legal and Public Policy Perspectives in The Chicago Companion to the Child, University of Chicago Press(2008).

Fathers and the Supreme Court: Founding Fathers and Nurturing Fathers, 54 Emory L.J. 1271 (2006).

Foreword, Fla. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y(2009).

Handbook: Children, Culture and Violence, Nancy Dowd, Dorothy Singer, and Robin Fretwell Wilson, eds. Sage Publications, 2006).

In Defense of Single Parent Families, NYU Press. (2011).

Introduction, in A New Juvenile Justice System: Total Reform for a Broken System, NYU Press(2015).

Introduction, in Justice for Kids: Keeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System, NYU Press(2011).

John Moore Jr.: Moore v City of East Cleveland and Children’s Constitutional Arguments, Fordham Law Review, Symposium issue on Moore v. City of East Cleveland(May 2017).

Law, Culture, and Family: The Transformative Power of Culture and the Limits of Law, 78 Chicago-Kent L. Rev.101 (2003).

Multiple Parents/Multiple Fathers, 9 J.L. & Fam. Stud.231 (2007).

Parentage at Birth: Birthfathers and Social Fatherhood, 14 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J.909 (2006).

“ Race, Gender, and Work/Family Conflict ”, Mark A. Rothstein, Thomas H. Murray, Gregory E. Kaebnick, and Mary Anderlik Majumder, eds. John Hopkins University Press(2004).

(Re)Constructing the Framework of Work and Family, 16.2 Wash. & Lee J. C.R. & Soc. Just.(2010).

Redefining Fatherhood: From Genes and Dollars to Nurture,” in Genetic Ties and the Family: The Impact of Paternity Testing on Parents and Children, Mark A. Rothstein, Thomas H. Murray, Gregory E. Kaebnick, and Mary Anderlik Majumder, eds. John Hopkins University Press(2005).

“ Single Parent Adoption ”, in Naomi Cahn and Joan Hollinger, eds., Adoption ReaderNYU Press (2004).

Unfinished Equality: The Case of Black Boys, 2 Ind. J.L. & Soc. Equality36 (2013).


 



Shani KingCost-effective Juvenile Justice Reform: Lessons From the Just Beginning ‘Baby Elmo’ Teen Parenting Program, 93 N.C. L. Rev.1381 (2015). (with Rachel Barr & Jennifer Woolard)

“The Hague Convention and Domestic Violence: Proposals for Balancing the Policies of Discouraging Child Abduction and Protecting Children from Domestic Violence”, 38 Family Law Quarterly299 (2013).

Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors, 50 Harv. J. on Legis. 331  (2013)

Alone and Unrepresented: A Call to Congress to Provide Counsel for Unaccompanied Minors, 50 Harv. J. on Legis. 331  (2013)

Owning Laura Silsby’s Shame: How The Haitian Child Trafficking Scheme Embodies The Western Disregard for the Integrity of Poor Families, 25 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 1 (2012) (Lead Article)

The Family Law Canon in a (Post?) Racial Era, 72 Ohio St. L.J. 575 (2011)

US Immigration Law and the Traditional Nuclear Conception of Family: Toward a Functional Definition of Family That Protects Children’s Fundamental Human Rights, 41 Colum. Hum. Rts. L. Rev. 509 (2010)

Challenging MonoHumanism: An Argument for Changing the Way We Think About Intercountry Adoption, 30 Mich. J. Int’l L. 413) (2009)

Race, Identity and Professional Responsibility: Why Legal Services Organizations Need African American Staff Attorneys, 18 Cornell J. L. & Pub. Pol. 1 (Lead Article) (2008)

School Discipline 101: An Overview of Students’ Due Process Rights in Expulsion Hearings, Clearinghouse Review J. of Poverty L. & Pol’y 370 (September-October 2006) (co-authored with Melissa Frydman)



Stacey SteinbergGrowing Up Under the Watchful Eyes of His Mother’s Newsfeed, The Washington Post (May 2017).

Parent Partnerships: A Better Way to Co-Parent, The Washington Post (May 2016).

Parental Sharing on the Internet: Child Privacy in the Age of Social Media and the Pediatrician’s Role, JAMA Pediatrics (May 2016).

Parenting in the Facebook Age, The Washington Post(August 2015).

Parents’ Social Media Habits are Teaching Children the Wrong Lessons, The Washington Post(July 2017).

Sharenting: Children’s Privacy in the Age of Social Media, Emory Law Journal

Sharenting: In Whose Interests, London School of Economics(March 2017).

Where Did All the Social Workers Go? The Need to Prepare Families for Adoption, Assist Post-Apodtive Families in Crisis, and End Re-Homing, 67 Fla. L. Rev.280 (2016).

 



News and Events