Center on Children & Family Past Events

2014 Events

Seeds of Violence: Toxic Stress Conference

This conference focused on the exploration and creation of a coordinated trauma-responsive community. The keynote speakers included Dr. B.J. Casey from Cornell University and Dr. Dan Goldowitz from the University of British Columbia.

November 14, 2014
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, FL

More information about this conference can be viewed here.

SURVIVORS: Defendants/Victims of Domestic Violence Conference

Featuring Joshua Safran

The conference focused on victims of domestic violence who became defendants in the criminal justice system as a result of their response to violence against them. Joshua Safran was the attorney for Deborah Peagler, whose story was captured in the award winning documentary, “Crime After Crime.”

October 30-31, 2014
Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

The conference agenda can be viewed here.

Seeds of Violence: Toxic Stress and the Effects on the Developing Brain Workshop

April 11, 2014
Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida

This is invitation only

2013 Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law by Dr. Pedro Noguera, NYU

Click here to view the webcast

Pedro Noguera, a sociology professor from NYU, explored this often overlooked issue in the Center on Children and Families’ eighth annual Distinguished Weyrauch Lecture at UF Law, Oct. 21, 2013 in HOL 180.

The Black Child Savers: Racial Democracy and American Juvenile Justice

March 25, 2014 Faculty Enrichment

Featuring Professor Geoff Ward.The Black Child Savers examines how the history of American juvenile justice, an institution envisioned as a “manufactory of citizens,” is shaped by the embattled racial politics of American liberal democracy.

7th Annual Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law Travelling Marriage: Why the Campaign for Same Sex Marriage Gets Marriage Wrong

October 18, 2012 – 12:00 p.m.
180 Holland Hall
Reception immediately following.

Looking Back, Moving Forward Town Hall Meeting

Wednesday February 5, 2014
6:00 PM—8:00 PM UF College of Law—Room 180

Explaining Trayvon Martin’s Death, Explaining Racism in Post-Racial America Featuring Eduardo Bonilla Silva

Thursday February 13, 2014
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM UF College of Law—Room 180

2013 Events

Reforming the Juvenile Justice System:  A Workshop for Change

April 26 & 27 2013 in Gainesville

Sponsored by the Center on Children & Families partnering with Harvard Law School and Georgetown.

This is an invitation only conference.

Professor Charles Ogletree will be our plenary speaker.

This conference is focused on critiques and reforms of the existing juvenile justice system.  Our goal  is to foster a conversation about system change, broadly defined, which may include topics as broad and wide-ranging as policy reforms, interrogating the narratives surrounding juvenile justice, innovative community based strategies, a focus on traditionally underrepresented populations, the role of counsel and parents in system reform, and/or therapeutic jurisprudence.

2012 Events

February 1, 2012

Engendering Citizenship

A talk by Sandra Park, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project.

February 1, 2012 at noon
Room 180 Holland Hall
Reception immediately following

2010 Events

October 27, 2010

Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, LQC Lamar Professor of Law and Co Director, Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory Law
Juvenile Justice Project: Lecture

September 22, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Collaborative Law Training
Innovative Solutions for Our Future

June 9 & 10, 2010

Pauline H. Tesler, collaborative and family law expert and co-author of Collaborative Divorce, will lead this two-day intermediate training highlighting the lawyer’s role in education, client screening and interdisciplinary team participation.
NIA Mentoring Summit

2010 Youth Summit

April 24, 2010

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Center on Children & Families Youth Summit is designed to engage high school students in discussion about matters concerning law and policy and how each affects them.

2010 Juvenile Justice Conference Juvenile Justice: Passages, Prevention, and Intervention

Feb. 19 & 20, 2010

Children and youth become involved with the juvenile justice system at a significant rate. While some children move just as quickly out of the system and go on to live productive lives as adults, other children become enmeshed in the system, moving to deeper problems and even to the adult criminal justice system. This conference is focused on (1) avoiding this connection, whether brief or deep, and (2) intervening, at the initial contact between children and the system, in a way that most effectively prevents further involvement with the juvenile justice system, addresses the problems or mistakes that a child has made, and fosters their success as children and adults.

2009 Events

Collaborative Law Training Innovative Solutions for Our Future

August 21 – August 22, 2009
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Gainesville, FL

2009 Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law Sanford Katz

October 14, 2009
Room 270 Holland Hall, at Noon.
“The Family Law World of Walter O. Weyrauch”

2008 – 09 Speaker Series

Weyrauch Distinguished Lecturein Family Law – Naomi Cahn, March 23: “Family Classes”
Gary Melton, Nov. 24: “What’s Wrong with U.S. Child Protection Policy, and How Might it be Fixed?”

2008 Events

2007 – 08 Speaker Series: “Families in Transition”

Angela Mae Kupenda, Feb. 19: Learning from Family Law to Address America’s Family-Like Race Dysfunction
Weyrauch Distinguished Family Law Lecture – Stephanie Coontz, March 26: Courting Disaster? The Historical Revolution in Marriage

2007 Events

2006 – 07 Speaker Series

During 2006-07 academic year, in lieu of a conference, the Center is hosting distinguished speakers in the area of family law and children’s law. These lectures are open to the law school community and to the public and free of charge.

Inaugural Weyrauch Distinguished Lecture in Family Law

2006 Events

Fifth Annual Conference

Bridges to Excellence: Building Sustaining Multidisciplinary Collaboratives for Children

March 31 – April 1, 2006

Co-hosted by First Star, this conference the first in a series of conferences to be held during the next year to establish best practices in multidisciplinary collaboration.

2005 Events

Fourth Annual Conference

Multidisciplinary Collaboration: What is it and how do we do it?

March 11, 2005

An invitational roundtable gathering UF scholars from different disciplines to assist in building a model for multidisciplinary collaboration at the Center on Children and Families. This project is intended to lay the groundwork for designing UF’s new First Star Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence (MCE). The MCE are a project spearheaded by First Star, a Washington DC based non profit dedicated to children’s welfare. The MCEs will be based in three locations: the College of Law’s Center on Children and Families, Columbia Law School and University of San Diego Law School. The MCEs will bring academics with diverse research and practice background together to educate professionals working with abused, neglected and impoverished children.

2004 Events

Third Annual Conference

Beyond Brown – Children, Race & Education

March 25 – 27, 2004

Co-hosted by the Center on Race and Race Relations and the Center on Children and Families, this conference marked the 50th anniversary of the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education, in which the Supreme Court held that segregated schools violated the Constitution. Speakers explored the history and legacy of the decision and its implications for modern children and modern educational policy.

2003 Events

Second Annual Conference

Children, Culture & Violence – an Interdisciplinary Conference

March 20 – 22, 2003

An interdisciplinary conference (co-hosted by the Center for Children’s Literature and Culture and the Center on Children and Families at Levin College of Law) for academics, professionals and citizens committed to the study, treatment and prevention of violence in the lives of children and youth. This interdisciplinary conference was supported by SHANDS Healthcare, the Institute for Child Health Policy, the Child Policy Research Institute, and the Harn Museum of Art — all at University of Florida. The conference featured many nationally known speakers, including keynoters (in order of appearance) Geoffrey Canada, president of the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families in New York City; Ntozake Shange, poet and novelist; and Hon. Harry Lee Anstead, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

Workshop on Unified Family Courts

October 11, 2003

A day-long workshop on the roll of law schools in the development of the Unified Family Court was held at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Participants included a diverse group of judges as well as faculty from UF, FSU, Miami, Nova Southeastern, St. Thomas, Barry and Florida Coastal.

2001 Events

First Annual Conference

Defending Childhood: Developing a Child-Centered

December 7 – 8, 2001

The First Annual Conference of the Center was held at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center of University of Florida.

The conference examined the problems facing children and youth and explored evidence-based solutions. Scholars and practitioners from many fields, including law, medicine, sociology, history, psychology and education were brought together to share perspectives about critical issues facing children and youth and to develop a research, practice and policy agenda for the coming decade. Topics included child welfare, family policy, juvenile justice, sexism and racism, children’s educational and medical issues, and the ethical treatment of children and youth. Papers from the conference were published in the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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