New College of Law Children’s Center Headed by Nationally Recognized Educator Barbara Woodhouse
The law school has established a new Center on Children and the Law, to be headed by nationally recognized Professor Barbara Bennett Woodhouse. Dean Jon Mills said the hiring of Woodhouse, who left a tenured faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania to begin teaching here this fall, allows “our College of Law to be in the forefront of the children’s rights advocacy issue.” Woodhouse, named to UF’s David H. Levin Chair in Family Law, said she was attracted by the philosophy of the college and university as a whole. “After talking to Dean Mills, (Provost) David Colburn and President (Charles) Young, I felt there was something different and exciting here,” she said. “As a state university, this institution is here to serve the needs of the public, which is a mission I was looking for,” Woodhouse said. “There is, by nature, a significant difference in priorities between a public institution and a private one.” Woodhouse also said the faculty and children’s programs at UF influenced her decision. “I am very excited about working with faculty throughout the UF campus,” she said. “There are a number of extremely capable scholars, and many types of children’s and family law clinics already in place.” Mills said the center’s goal will be to serve as a resource and training ground for children’s lawyers, legislators and public servants, doctors and other health professionals, psychologists, sociologists and educators. Woodhouse brings a wealth of experience on children and legal issues. She co-founded in 1998 and co-directed the Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, and her J.D. from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, she clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.