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Center on Children and Families

The mission of the Levin College of Law
Center on Children and Families is to
promote the highest quality advocacy,
teaching and scholarship in family and
children's law and policy. Center faculty
are national and international leaders and
work with students to collaborate with
organizations at all levels such as the
Florida judiciary, bi-partisan congressional
roundtables, American Bar Association
and International Society of Family Law
on law reform and issues related to
children and their families. In addition to
coordinating the Family Law Certificate
Program, the center holds conferences,
sponsors lectures, funds student research
and projects, generates publication of
books and articles, and educates young
people on their rights and responsibilities
in a free society.

Founded in 1909, the Levin College of
Law is one of the nation's top public law
schools, with a highly comprehensive,
diverse curriculum. It is accredited by the
American Bar Association and a mem-
ber of the Association of American Law
Schools. Student and faculty research is
supported by one of the nation's lead-


ing law libraries, the Legal Information
Center, which offers extensive research
and electronic resources. New construction
completed in 2005 doubled the library's
size, and added state-of-the-art classrooms
to the law campus.

The Center on Children and Families is
a distinctive part of a preeminent land
grant university. Founded in 1853, the
University of Florida is one of only 30
public universities in the prestigious
Association of American Universities,
which recognizes outstanding North
American graduate research universities,
and offers professional degrees in law,
dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy
and veterinary medicine. UF has a public
mission of teaching, research and service,
and has identified children and families as
a top priority. The university's curricular
strength in numerous fields relevant to
family law is a distinct advantage. Thanks
to cross-registration available to UF law
students, students may enroll for credit in
courses offered by other UF colleges. Law
school classes often feature guest presen-
tations by university experts, and faculty
and students can team with UF specialists

in health sciences, education, sociology,
psychology, economics and social services
on cutting-edge research and in cross-
disciplinary training. UF law students also
can choose to earn ajoint degree, enabling
them in as few as four years to earn their
law degree along with a master's degree in
medical sciences, counselor education or
more than 30 other choices.

Contact Information

Program Assistant Debbie Willis,

Levin College of Law
P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625

Phone: 352-273-0613
Fax: 352-392-2606

www.law.ufl .edu/admissions/

Produced by the Levin College of Law
Communications Office

Family Law


The Family Law Certficat: e pro...lde a credential valued b
procsecu[Cor office government t agencies. and public interest
organizationo. a3 well a3 private firms of ever .;'e and in
ever; lo:aticon

With the increasing *:compl c '[v of di.orce anrd children s law
and rise ofi the nontradjitio.nal family; family law is one :-f
the fait'e.t groin? and m.:.c t compl-. pra:tn:e spec alties
Judges and practitioners have e* pressed need for better
training of f3nmil;, dv,3 3[i5 in j3r3j5 u h aj ihild devel:cp.
nment nd e.:c: nomi:.c. ,Cf the fa3miul nrie -[i3[ic.n 3na d draflingr
ajnd cj.ur[r.ornm ad.cc:j,: Ir famlie a3nd children UJndir
mjndjaiat from ([h Flcrida Supreme Cour[ FI:l.:da recently
created 3 Unified- Fanmill CO:ur[ [Lj handle all 3imll; lu.enile
3nd :dlincquenc:y maltIer Thil ,:reared 3 nevw demand :for
well-r,:unded 3nd vw ll trajinedj family; spe: lists

ThE .rtii.ate waS ,Etablish.i d toi nleet the need' j of Stu.
dents eager f.:.r guidan.:. in puri uing 3 coherent *:curse 'f
study to help m maE t[hem more sophisticated anr compeLi-
[ivE in the marlel for nrw l3awver; The program and c:ur.
riculum 3re regularly reviewed d I[': in.o:.rporajt Curutin Ejdg
devel.j pm ni.. in famil' j1aw thr)ou h c.onul[3[ion vi[h 3
dis.tingul hed 3jdvi ry t..O rd The :ir[ifijate c(OOrdirnate
.:nicL31 3nd tradil[ional Cla.isroom .offerin e jnd 3llcw3 for
more hii rnc:,', through -eluen[i3l 1Ijrning vwih One C iurie
building on 3narthr l[ I ajdminii5ered by (he Ce rn[r on
Children and F3nmilie~ Enrolled students must al(e elpht 181
r:redi hours at.boE their I D requirement[ t[.: graduate

Certificate Requirements
ApplI 3njd be 3ccepted fr 3dmin.io. n [r, [he .: rtiiic.3
pr:granjm Studernt 3re en.::ourajed [- apply 3a early aj
possible in [heir 13w school (3reer

M eet jll 31C llIee of Law grajduajtion re.luiremenri

Complete eiht[ credit hour; in additio:.n [(C the minimum
required for .heI D i'3. totala l fo:r most student;L

Meet with program co :rdinator prior to registration each
S3nliSt r.-r

Earn 20 .:redit( in the Famil; Law iurri.:ulum which
may in: lude appro,:.ed graduate courses in other
department t'

Studentr are required [C .:C:.mplee an ad.an.ced writing
requirement t of 3 paper in [he area of family law in an
appr)o.ed seminar

A.hie.e an 3.erage eq.ui.alent ,of 3 0 1 n I. of 21'
credit earned in course designatedd Course. previouu-ly
completed bVy [uud.ent[5 Sut.-luen[ly ad3mit[d into
the program will be :redite.d toward satisfac: tion of
:concn t ration requirements

Family Law Curriculum
Students may focus on family law through Comparative Family Law (3 credits)
the following courses, or opt to complete
a formal certification in this area through International Children's Rights
the Family Law Certificate. For detailed (3 credits)
course descriptions and list of faculty visit Family Policy (3 credits)
Florida Family Court (2 credits)

Core Courses CORE III
Students must successfully complete each Required Skills Course
group of core courses to qualify for the Students must successfully complete:
Family Law Certificate. One Clinic or Externship (4 to 9
CORE I credits) (eligible clinics include Gator
TeamChild, Child Welfare Clinic, Pro
Required Fundamental Courses .
Required Fundamental Courses Se Clinic, Mediation Clinic and Full
Students must successfully complete: Rep F il Clinic and eligbl
Rep Family Law Clinic, and eligible
Perspectives on Family Law extemships include Eighth Circuit
Family Court and other appropriate
Child Parent & State or Economics of extemships approved by the director)
the Family (3 credits)
Plus one of the following:
CORE II Perspectives on the Family Lab
Required Advanced Courses (2 credits)
Students must successfully complete at Mediation (2-3 credits)
Mediation (2-3 credits)
least two of the following:
Adoption (2 credits) Interviewing and Counseling
Child Support (2 credits) (2 to 3 credits)
, Negotiation (2 to 3 credits)
Collaborative Lawyering (2 credits) Negotiation (2 to 3 credits)
Juvenile Justice (2 credits) CORE IV
Critical Perspectives Requirement
Psychology and Family Law Students must successfully complete one
(2 credits) of the following:

Gender and the Law (2-3 credits)
Poverty Law (3 credits)

Race and Race Relations Law
(2-3 credits)

Law of Sex and Sexuality
(2-3 credits)

Elective Courses
In addition to the courses listed above,
the following electives may be used
to complete the required 20 credits or,
in appropriate cases, substituted for a
comparable required course with the
director's approval:
Disability Law
Education Law
Elder Law
Human Rights Law
Federal Courts
Estate Planning
Health Law
Any multidisciplinary course deemed
by the director to be appropriate
based on students over all record and
goals, including appropriate graduate
level courses 5000 and above in other
departments or colleges.


Opportunities for Students



The Center on n hilrn and F1amilie engage in a brad range of
3Cii.itlie On behalf oi children n and families While some project
3re ongoing others de.elop during the c:.ourse of e3ah 3a3demic
year b3ied ':n the interest[ and epertise of Our asso.: dated f3.:ul[t,
Students are integral to these ,prole:ts and this pro.ides a ranee of
opportunities s I:t e perience and :.'ntrributte to i children and families

The center reeularl, sponsors .:.:.nferen.:es that brine n3al.:nal and
intern3alinrial c:h.:.lars and practitioners together .to e-change idea;
and develop strategies to aid children and families Conferences
ha.e fo:Cused o:n 3 children agenda foan r change childrenn culture
and v:viOlen.e developing a mullidisciplinary curriculum t:' train
iefeci.e 3C.o,.ats and race children and edu:ati:'3 n tIn the anni-
.er-3ry of Brown Board of Educatir3ni

The center 3150 h3a Supported orin.'iri training c' pr3C(itiC.ner..
wuCh a3 3 C.al3bor31.re 13w :o-ursie tended by pr3acition-ers 3nd
student t :. intenci..ely udy and become certified in thi (Cutting
e3de appro-ah [t the handling of family 13w m3tters

Walter Weyrauch Lecture
and Other Lectures
During the 2l'.-21:11:; 21:17 3a:demic year the center in3ugur3ted the
Waller We'r3uu:h Distingui.hed Lecture in Family Law in honor
oif ur c:lleague W3ater Weyr3uch emeritus pro.fe.5or o:f 1aw
Profe.,ssr We .r3uch i. 3 beloved teacher and prColific scholar most.
recently publishing 3 boi-k, n g'ps; 13Iw Thi; e1,ture bring; lead
ing scholars to the center to deliver a lecture on a family law is;ue
The lectures ha.e focusedd on topics such as children race and
adoption and marriage

In addition to the We/rauch lecture the center bring; other school.
ars .to the University of F:orida to enrih the learning o:f Students in
the program and the law sc hool community In the past the center
ha. hoi[ed leiturers on :oll3aboraive 13w fathers5 right: and the
rela[ionship between n the t3ae anid : nmmunitiie of ,color

Amicus Briefs
The ,enter i5 re uul3rly 3. .-ed t[ participate in litigalti.n in. living
grouunjdbreakiing iue. in family 13aw 3nd when the center :3n
serve It pro.iide 3 child.entered research flcu.ed brief t 35a. ist
court[ it ma3 3a551i in the writing or join with other 3d.:ca[te t[
ensure that 3 rese3rch.ba3ed perspecil.e I heard Briefs [ypically
in.o.ive .rone Cr more faculty 3nd the 3aci.e p3rticip3atin of students
The center has been a part o:f ad.cac, before state courts in
Florida and other st3aes federal courts and several times before
the United States Supreme Court

Youth and Community Outreach
Ad.-ca.:, fo.r children also in.oives the center in activities that
benefit the a:31l communityn The center has provided programmlin
t) lo:31a and middle high schools. on variou- i.ues of interest [0
youth including Internet 3jiet; 3nad luvenile luStice The center is
engaged in developing o.nline resource; fo.r teens to 3acces inm.:rm3a
lion and engage in dialogue about the issues that affect them The
center has been particularly concerned with the juvenile justice
system including developing a publication to assist families and
;,.uth to access services to prevent or resolve encounters with the
lu.enile lustice system In addition the center has fostered an
unsh3aCling projlec(t t[ gaher data 1t determine whether courts
need t. use sh3aCle. o.n all or some luvenile offenders and the
bet[ practices in th, area All of [hese 3aciviles are one5 in which
students are heavily; engaged and ser.e the misC.r'in of :ornt[ributing
tO. the immunityy

Research Opportunities
The :center 3nd its a3j5.. ted i3aulr, frequently engage in rese rc:h
related to. iue5 Impora[nt t.o children 3nd families which prc.i.de
students serving a. research fellow with an .ppor[un[ty o0 fur.
other enhance their expertise The faculty are prolific. sc:h:ola3rs who
activel; are invo..ed in 3 broad range of prolec- s

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Pro Bono Work
In cirnluni(ion with C3reer Servic:e [he :enter spons.or3 a project
S t. inform StuderIntis about pro bonr. O-pportunities in family law 3a
well a other areas of law IMan,; itudenrts train [. become a guard.
ian 3ad Ih[m where the' serve the interest of 3 .:hild in dependent.
Z :C; *:.r divorce pr:.oc:eeding The center strongly encourages students
Lj t':'. engage in pro: bo:no work

Family Law Society
Students ha.e o:.rganired a Family Law SocI:ety that gives students
with an interest in family; law an opp:.rtunity I: c meet and develo,:p
their interest The sor. liety organizes a range of activities including
r sspealers and communal outreach

Z Clinical Programs
S The Levin College of Law pro..le numerouiu opportunities for
students It: learn b: doing through practical e.perien:ce simulation-
baseld courses and volunteerr or paid c:ler, ships The law schooll s
S special family; law curriculum includes unique and innovative pro-
S ra3mr that allow student; tco gain important[ orn.the.j.t.b e perience
prior to graduation
r' The Virgil H3w .nvv 1 Ci. Clinic: and Center o.n Children and
Families offer five ,different family, and children S law l.ini:c a3nI
*e[ernihip area3 of oppor[unir, where students, ma, represen[ real
:lien[s under Eupervisio.n of e periern:ed iault,

THE CHILD WELFARE CLINIC was designed in partnership
with the IJF D6par[ment of Pjediarics and provides student
with .3luable training and e perien:e in child a3tuse and
neglect ch.:hild custi, delinquency domestic violence: and
health care cases Student are assuined [t a field placement
with the Child Protec:[tion Te3m [he Juvenile Publi. Defender
Child Welfare Legal Ser.i.ce or the Guardian Ad Litem Legal
Office Concurrent with these placements all students in the
:cinir 31a 0 at[ten an intensive seminar with the li.nic irCector
emphasizing teamwor- co.'lla"borati.on with other disciplines and
governmental agencies Students become trained legal intern;
certified by the Flo:rida Supreme Co:iurt

full ser.ice 16e 31 representative n [o indigent clients in family law
:caes Student law ers who serve 3a first chair counsel ha.
the OppCrr[unit' to perform interviews pro. id legal counseling
draft pleading mlions orders ludgemrents and other le3al
documen[iit' ondu[ct drover a3nd repreen[ Clien[5 in
negotiations medications and in court (Actual legal wvorl .aries
depending on timing and comple.ir; :of assigned cases I All
student lawyers undergo: intensi.e training before receiving their
cases and continuee :t recei.e sl ills training and supervisi.:n
throughout their clinical e perience

access to the courts fo:r low income families by utilizing many
innovati.e procedures rules and forms approved b, the
Florida Supreme Court including rules on unbundled legal
.er.i. es; Students wvor l with clients on an mdi.iduali;ed basis

tI determine what services the, will pro.. de ranging from
16 31 advice o, full legal representation Famil, [herapilst train
students in [herapeutic 3pproac3hes to resolving family c:onfli:t

THE MEDIATION CLINIC pro. ides an oppo:rtunitv f..r Students
to become Florida Supreme Court Certified Mediators Alter
completing an intensive seminar students meet mentorship
requirements by btser.ing and co-mediating at the Ala.:hua
County c'our[house

pro..des free legal services to indigent children-iinfants
tC [teenager.-in 3 wide .arietC, of ases BY, representing
actual client with real problem studentU sharpen [heir
understanding of ethical issues and learn and prac ice
fundamental advocacy skills including interviewing counseling g
and nego:3tiaton Gator TeamChild is based on a national south h
ad.cacy, model that i interdi;i:plinar, and proactive Children
are referred :for Gator TeamChild services by courtss guardians
ad ltem school personnel public defenders and pro's;cut.o.rs
[3[6 3gen.:y :cae vv:worers and orr C[her 3aencie3 In this
interdisc.iplinar, clinic s[uden 3re [rained to be:omne certified
1631 intern and [hen wor.vv in teamss [o je[ermine [he needs of
ea6h child :lien[ 355as55 the .5rengths 3nd we3anie6S Of [he
child and famil, and 3ad.3ca3[e for [he provi3i.in of ser.ces
Student collabor3at with ,:aS6worer pschil3tri[t edu.uci:on
personnel and others Clinic interns are supervised by faculty
who are licensed attorneys In Gator TeamChild students
represent real clients in the areas ..f delinquency dependence,
scho:ol-related iSSues and Social Securit; disability.

E ternships provide studenUt with 3niother Copportunit' [0 tramn in
real ,world 5.etinigs with children 3nd families Selected stuJden[
vvwr wvvi[h state federal or local governmentt agencies or public
interest groups in I3cal or Cron distance pla:cemenit P3lacemen
are designed to ensure students 3 varietyy of world experiences in
child and 3famly law Students may gain experience working as
terns in family, courts go:.ernnent agencies and public interest :or
legal services offices

Local e.ternships include

Eih[th .ludici3l Circuit Family Corurt

Three Rivers Legal Services

Child Welfare Legal Services

Alachua Countv Sta3e S Attorney

Peaceful Paths

Long.dist[ane e ternships have included

Australia Children 5 right:

Department of Educati:on Washington D C

Florida Supreme Court Tallahassee Fla

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Alumni Whitney Untiedt developed passion for family law at UF

My involvement with the Center on
Children and Families during my time at
UF Law was vital in preparing me for "the
real world" after graduation. The faculty
affiliated with the center understand that
law students need both the academic and
the clinical training to be able to apply
the law, work effectively with clients, and
advocate successfully in court. Family law

brings attorneys in constant contact with
people navigating very difficult often
heart wrenching times, and the courses
I took for my family law certificate helped
me develop the skills I needed to meet the
personal and legal needs of fragile clients.

The CCF faculty has created a core aca-
demic program that gives law students the
solid foundation they need to
be successful as young family
law attorneys. I was able to
take advantage of the Virgil
Hawkins Clinic and a legal aid
externship during law school,
in addition to traditional aca-
demic courses with UF Law's
well-respected family law fac-
ulty. As a Children's Fellow,
I helped coordinate academic

conferences, researched juvenile death pen-
alty issues, and assisted with an amicus cur-
iae brief to the United States Supreme Court
- not bad for a 3L! Working alongside fac-
ulty members such as Barbara Woodhouse
and Nancy Dowd at the Center on Children
and Families allowed me the opportunity to
fully explore my chosen career path before
I even graduated law school, and helped me
develop my practical skills beyond those of
the typical student.

As an attorney with the Juvenile Division
of the Public Defender's Office in
Gainesville, I deal with families in crisis
every day and every day brings a new
challenge, a new issue, and a new triumph.
For me, nothing is better than making a
positive difference in a child's life. I get to
do that every day and I love what I do.

Whitney Untiedt graduated cum laude from UF Law in 2005. Formerly an
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Three Rivers Legal Services
in Gainesville, Untiedt currently works as a Juvenile Public Defender, provid-
ing legal assistance to children charged with a crime. In addition to earning
her Certificate in Family Law, Untiedt was a Children's Research Fellow, a
Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellow, president of the Trial Team, and
participated in the Virgil Hawkins Full Representation Clinic. Currently, she is
a member of the Center on Children and Families Advisory Board.



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