The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights works to advance children's rights and improve the child welfare system.
Drake's Middleton Center for Children's Rights has four components:
Children's Rights Clinic – Under faculty supervision, Drake Law students in the center provide legal services to children and families in child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases.
Multidisciplinary Training – The center provides not only training in relevant law and legislation for non-lawyers—such as teachers and social workers—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. Students help in preparing training materials.
Public Policy Formation – Drake Law students identify issues, draft legislation, and work with lobbyists to pass legislation to improve children's rights.
Learn more about the Middleton Center for Children's Rights:
Patricia Houlihan, Interim Director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic; Clinician in Residence