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 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Family Law Writing Competition

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, in cooperation with the editorial staff of the Family Court Review (FCR), have announced the eighth annual Family Law Writing Competition.  The Editor-in-Chief of FCR, CFCC’s Founder and Director Professor Barbara Babb, encourages all interested University of Baltimore School of Law students to submit an entry to the competition.  Please view the flyer for more information including entry requirements and prizes.  

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CFCC Director Barbara Babb named editor-in-chief of Family Court Review  

Professor Barbara A. Babb, CFCC’S Founder and Director, has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ (AFCC) quarterly journal, Family Court Review (FCR), which is the leading interdisciplinary academic and research journal for family law professionals.  Professor Babb is a long-time supporter of FCR and AFCC, having joined in the early 1990’s. She has served as chair of the AFCC Court Services Task Force and on FCR’s editorial board since 1999.  In addition, she has written numerous articles for FCR, including guest-editing three special issues.  Professor Babb was profiled in AFCC’s monthly e-newsletter, and she is quoted regarding this exciting appointment. Read the full article here.

Welcome to the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts. We are 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

We invite you to learn more about what we are, what we do, and how you can get involved with our work.