Faculty Spotlight

Q&A with Deb Forman

Deborah Forman

Deborah Forman
Professor of Law
Whittier Law School

Question 3

How have you brought Family/Children’s Rights Law to WLS?

In addition to teaching the core Family Law class and an upper division seminar—Contemporary Problems in Family Law, for 7 years I was Director of the Center for Children’s Rights. In that time, the law school established the Children’s Rights Clinic, I spearheaded creation of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy, and I enhanced the program offerings for Fellows. We set up a variety of student run committees, including one for outreach to the community. We published a semi-annual newsletter, and we began hosting annual symposia on topics such as Special Education and Adoption Law. We also continued the National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition—the first competition devoted to issues involving children and families.