Family Law and Policy Program

 Professor Naomi Cahn, recipient of the 2017 Annual Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law, Sept. 14, 2017.

Professor Naomi Cahn, recipient of the 2017 Annual Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law, Sept. 14, 2017.

The Family Law and Policy Program is the site for creative and innovative thinking about challenges facing the modern family.  The public discussions hosted by the Program range from the New ART of Family and questions raised by assisted conception, to the status of polygamy, end-of-life decision making in families, and conversations on the linkages between family, work, healthcare, and poverty.  

In addition to introducing students to family law as a practice area, these explorations advance our understanding of the importance of families and the legal regulation of them.  They also stimulate new scholarship in family law and children and the law, both by emerging scholars and by participating scholars in the annual symposium on Pressing Issues in Family Law. 

Eight cornerstones anchor the Family Law and Policy Program:

  • Annual Lecture by the Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Family Law
  • Better Angels Award
  • Harry Krause Emerging Family Law Scholars Workshop
  • Conversations on the Family: Bringing Together the Judiciary, Practicing Bar, and Family Law Scholars
  • Conversations with the Author
  • A Lens Into Family Law Practice: Conversations with Members of the Practicing Bar
  • International Family Law Scholar in Residence
  • Partnerships to Explore Pressing Issues in Family Law