Middleton Center for Children's Rights
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About the Center

The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights is a pioneering program added to the Drake Legal Clinic in 2001. Funded by a $1 million gift, the Middleton Center pursues a broad agenda, advancing children's rights through the legal process, training, public information and public policy formulation. As active participants in the Middleton Center's four programs, Drake law students learn the multidisciplinary process essential to addressing this complex issue.

"This gift exemplifies our family's commitment to children and families - fostering the security and growth of the young people who will become tomorrow's leaders."
Mary Middleton, daughter of Joan and Lyle Middleton

The Middleton Center for Children's Rights has four components: legal services, multidisciplinary training, public information and public policy formation.

    Children's Rights Clinic

    Under faculty supervision, students provide legal services to children and families in need as part of an multidisciplinary team.

    Multidisciplinary Training
    The Center trains attorneys, judges, teachers, social workers and other professionals working in the juvenile justice system. The program provides not only instruction in relevant law and legislation for non-lawyers, but also the latest medical and social research on child abuse for lawyers and judges.

    Public Information
    The Center collects and disseminates information regarding children and families needing assistance. Student interns help prepare training materials.

    Public Policy Formation
    In 2003 the Center began a new program to improve laws pertaining to children. Law School students identify issues, draft legislation and work with lobbyists to pass the legislation.


Faculty & Staff

Assistant Professor Brent Pattison is the Director for the Children's Rights Clinic at the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights. Jerry Foxhoven is Executive Director of the Neal and Bea Smith Legal Clinic.  Rondolyn Hawkins is the legal assistant.

Read more about the Middleton Center for Children's Rights faculty and staff.


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Last Modified: 3/10/2014 4:04:00 PM by Ann Van Hemert