The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts is committed to ensure that the practice of family law in Maryland, nationally, and around the world improves the lives of families and the health of communities.
CFCC advocates the use of therapeutic jurisprudence, the understanding that the law has an effect on behavior, emotions and mental health. We support a holistic approach to problem-solving in family law matters.
CFCC primary goals are to:
- Deliver cutting-edge family law education by engaging law students in real-life learning opportunities
- Promote the development of unified family courts to provide children and families with a single court system with comprehensive subject-matter jurisdiction
- Improve the delivery of legal, social, judicial, administrative and other services within the family justice system, including evaluating family court systems
- Develop training programs and tools for judges, court staff and attorneys to build their understanding of the complex issues underlying family law proceedings
- Support school success for children by bringing together judges, attorneys, law students and other members of the legal community to improve school attendance, reform school discipline practices and protect legal rights for children in school