Bernardine Dohrn
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An activist, academic and child advocate, Bernardine Dohrn graduated from the University of Chicago College and Law School. She is the director of the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) and also clinical associate professor at Northwestern University School of Law Legal Clinic. Once on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Dohrn was a national officer of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a civil rights and anti-war organizer and a leader of the Weathermen Underground Organization. She continues to pursue those same concerns for justice through children’s rights and youth advocacy.

The CFJC is a holistic children’s law center, where ten clinical faculty attorneys supervise some 80 law students each year, providing legal representation for the whole spectrum of children’s needs. A national policy center for the comprehensive needs of adolescents and their families, CFJC provides critical analysis and knowledge about youth law and practice. The CFJC is actively engaged with the Juvenile Court of Cook County through law school clinical representation of children and parents, research, and advocacy. Dohrn and the Center strive for a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, community-involving approach to the crisis of millions of youngsters who find themselves in America’s courts each day.

Dohrn is the mother of three sons.