Bernardine Dohrn
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An activist, academic, and child advocate, Bernardine Dohrn graduated from the University of Chicago College and the Law School and has three sons. Currently she is the Director of the Children and Family Justice Center and also Clinical Associate Professor in the Northwestern University School of Law Legal Clinic. Dohrn was a national officer of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a civil rights and anti-war organizer, a leader of the Weather Underground Organization and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. She currently pursues those same concerns for justice through children’s rights and youth advocacy. The Center 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: health and disability, safety (domestic violence, child neglect, abuse), education, adoption, custody and immigration, delinquency, mental health, asylum, constitutional and criminal rights. The Center is a national policy center for the comprehensive needs of adolescents and their families, providing critical analysis and knowledge about youth law and practice, matters associated with the administration of justice, and the preparation of professionals who advocate for children. The CFJC is actively engaged with a major urban court, the Juvenile Court of Cook County—the first juvenile court in the world, 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 courts in America each day.