July 1, 2021 Longtime Faculty Member Robert Rubinson Will Build on the Strong Foundation Established by Founding Program Director, Barbara Babb. In a June 2021 interview, he said, “This program is an opportunity to educate and enable practitioners to do their jobs well, which is good for them individually and professionally, but also extends to the community at large. The consequences of excellent lawyering reverberate out into all sorts of places. That’s pretty special."
Learn more about longtime University of Baltimore School of Law faculty member Robert Rubinson and read the full interview on the CFCC blog.
April 15, 2021 The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Maryland Chapter has funded a new scholarship for the Post-J.D. Certificate in Family Law to improve the practice of family law and to encourage attorneys to enter this critical practice area. Scholarship awards are based on need and fund availability for students who enroll full-time in the certificate program and who remain in good academic standing in program coursework. Read more.
December 14, 2020 The Open Society Institute - Baltimore has awarded CFCC a grant of $25,000 to help support its Truancy Court Program.
November 30, 2020 CFCC has received a grant of $50,000 from the Charles Crane Family Foundation to support the operation of CFCC's Truancy Court Program in 2021-2022. The Charles Crane Family Foundation was CFCC's first donor in 2004 and has been a consistent donor since that time. We Thank the Charles Crane Family Foundation for their unwavering support.
October 2, 2020 Congratulations to CFCC Student Fellow (2020-2021) Jillianne Crescenzi, whose blog was highlighted in the UBalt Law News. In her blog, Therapeutic Jurisprudence Starts with 'Why' and Ends with 'How', Jillianne writhes about CFCC's approaches to social and legal issues using a therapeutic jurisprudence (TJ) framework that allows our justice system to address complex issues with the goal of providing more therapeutic outcomes. Post a comment to Jullianne's blog and please share.
September 24, 2020 The Abell Foundation has awarded CFCC a grant of $50,000 to help support its Truancy Court Program. This is the first year that the Abell Foundation has provided funding to CFCC, and we thank them for support.
September 6, 2020 CFCC Welcomes Eleven New Student Fellows. CFCC's Student Fellows Program provides students with an in-depth examination of the policies and theories surrounding court reform in family law, including unified family courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, and the ecology of human development. In addition to a weekly two hour classroom component, students will take an active role in research and writing associated with the Center for Families, Children and the Courts' (CFCC's) projects. The research and writing will involve weekly one-hour meetings with either CFCC's Director and staff and might include areas such as the creation and evaluation of unified family courts in specific jurisdictions, juvenile justice, truancy and truancy courts, high conflict custody programs, and addiction and substance abuse as they affect families in courts. Particular subject-matter areas will depend upon the nature of CFCC's activities at any given time. Meet CFCC's 2020-2021 Student Fellows.
May 2020 The University of Baltimore Law Review is accepting paper proposals for the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) fall symposium on therapeutic jurisprudence, set for October 9 and 10, 2020, in conjunction with celebrations for CFCC’s 20th anniversary. Deadline to submit papers for publication consideration is June 30, 2020. For more detail, see the Call for Papers.
March 27, 2020 During the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts (CFCC) continues its important work on behalf of vulnerable children and families. Read more.
February 12, 2020 Mark Bell, the Director of Diversity Initiatives and Recruitment at the University of Baltimore School of Law, spoke at Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy for CFCC's Truancy Court Program. He spoke about the personal path to his current work and the importance of education along the way.
January 27, 2020 CFCC’s Truancy Court Program launches its spring term with programs at five Baltimore City schools: Academy of College & Career Exploration (ACCE), Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, Furley Elementary School, Baltimore Design School and Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School.
January 14, 2020 The Spring Semester of the CFCC Student Fellows Program began, with 12 Student Fellows enrolled. Ten Student Fellows are continuing their experiential projects working as clerks and in the restorative practice circles for the Truancy Court Program. Two Student Fellows will continue with research begun in the Fall Semester on family law topics
April 22, 2020 CFCC’s Director, Professor Barbara Babb, was interviewed by The Daily Record for a story titled “No easy answers: Abiding by custody agreements in the time of COVID-19. ”
March 4, 2021 CFCC announces the availability for purchase of its Benchbook for Family C ourts on Substance Use Disorders, Second Edition, (Benchbook). Read more.
January 30, 2020 CFCC’s Director, Professor Barbara Babb, was interviewed in a story about the case of missing children Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan pending in the Madison County, Idaho, Family Court. Read more.
January 27, 2020 CFCC's Director, Professor Barbara Babb, was quoted in The Maryland Daily Record Family Law Update discussing de facto parents' rights and the Kpetigo decision expanding de facto parent status to stepparents. Read more.
November 20, 2019 CFCC responded to a recent The Baltimore Sun editorial about preventing childhood trauma. CFCC’s Truancy Court Program identifies and addresses the connection between trauma and truancy.
April 8, 2021 The University of Baltimore School of Law Sayraand Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts hosts celebrated CFCC's 20th Anniversary and CFCC's Truancy Court Program's 15th Anniversary. We invite you to visit CFCC's 20th Anniversary Wall, to view CFCC's history and ongoing work through a collection of photos, videos, and articles.
February 18, 2020 As a part of the UBalt Law in Focus Discussion Series, Prof. Barbara Babb, founder and director of the Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts, moderated a discussion on therapeutic jurisprudence. Our panel of experts discussed the topic: Prof. David Wexler , University of Puerto Rico School of Law and president, International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence; The Hon. Miriam Hutchins , District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City (ret.); Amanda Odorimah, Esq. , Hearns Law Group, LLP; Spencer Hall, Esq. , CFCC Truancy Court Program Coordinator; and Jasmine Martinez , current UBalt Law student.
Click here to view a recording of The Caring Lawyer: Applying the Principles of Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
December 2–5, 2019 CFCC partnered with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts to present two family law trainings: Essential Elements of Parenting Coordination, led by Debra K. Carter, PhD, and Critical Issues in Child Custody: To Share or Not to Share?, led by Philip M. Stahl, PhD, ABPP (Forensic). Learn more.