In collaboration with Hofstra University Center for Children, Families and the Law
The Family Law Education Reform Project (FLER) is a collaborative endeavor between AFCC and the Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra Law School. The goal of FLER is to close the gap between the teaching and practice of family law. The project gathered information and ideas through a combination of a series of open meetings at AFCC annual conferences, with think tanks of invited family law professors (Hofstra Law School, November 2004) and representatives of family law and related professional organizations (Wingspread, March 2005), research conducted by law students at Hofstra and Northeastern law schools and an Internet survey of interdisciplinary practitioners. The final report, commentaries and related articles were published as a special issue of Family Court Review in October 2006.
Stage two of FLER began in September 2006 with a meeting to plan for the development and dissemination of teaching materials to support the FLER Report’s recommendations for family law teaching. This phase resulted in the FLER Project Website. The FLER Project’s influence continued with a conference at William Mitchell Law School on Family Law Education and a second special issue of Family Court Review in October 2011.
Family Law Education Reform Project Final Report (PDF)
Mary E. O’Connell and J. Herbie DiFonzo, Family Court Review, October 2006
Family Court Review Special Issue on Family Law Education Reform, October 2006
Table of Contents (PDF)
Foreword to the Special Issue on the Family Law Education Reform Project, Andrew Schepard and Peter Salem (PDF)
Full issue online
The FLER Project was funded in part by the JAMS Foundation, the Johnson Foundation and the Seedlings Foundation.
Andrew Schepard, JD, Co-chair
Peter Salem, MA, Co-chair
J. Herbie DiFonzo JD, PhD, Co-reporter
Mary E. O’Connell JD, Co-reporter
William Howe III, JD
Leslye Hunter, MA, LMFT
John Lande, JD, PhD
Jennifer Rosato, JD
Hon. Hugh Starnes,
Tom Fee, JD, Facilitator
Greg Lampe, PhD, Curriculum Advisor
Timothy Hedeen, PhD, Research Consultant