Hofstra Law School, The Association of Family and Conciliation Courtsand William Mitchell College of Law have launched The Family Law Education Reform (FLER) Web site, designed to encourage family law professors to incorporate practice perspectives into their courses.
The editorial committee of the website includes Andrew Schepard, Hofstra Law Professor and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law; Naomi Cahn of George Washington University Law School; Nancy Ver Steegh of William Mitchell College of Law andPeter Salem, Executive Director of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.
“The report of the Family Law Education Project documented the need for major changes in family law education to better serve children and families in court,” said Schepard. “The FLER Web site is a tool for law schools to help modernize the teaching of family law by incorporating skills and interdisicplinary perspectives into their courses. It makes exercises in interviewing, counseling, mediation representation and courtroom advocacy available to all family law professors free of charge. It also allows them to access the latest interdisciplinary knowledge from experts outside the legal academy on subjects vital to family lawyers like mediation, domestic violence, child custody evaluations and child abuse and neglect.”