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Middleton Center for Children's Rights

The Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children's Rights works to advance children's rights and improve the child welfare system and juvenile justice systems.

Drake's Middleton Center for Children's Rights has four components:

Children's Rights Clinic – Under faculty supervision, Drake Law students in the clinic represent children in juvenile court and special education matters and engage in community education and systemic reform projects.

Training – The Center provides training to lawyers, judges, social workers, educators, and youth on laws, legislation, and policies impacting children, as well as guidance on best practices when working with young people and their families.  

Public Information – The Center creates, collects and disseminates information regarding the juvenile court system and the rights of children.

Public Policy Formation – The Center works to foster systemic reform of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems through legislative advocacy, court and administrative reform efforts, community building, and leadership in local and national advocacy campaigns. 

Learn more about the Middleton Center for Children's Rights:


Suzan Pritchett, Director of Clinical and Experiential Programs; Professor of Law.

Nickole Miller, Director of the Joan and Lyle Middleton Center for Children’s Rights; Associate Professor of Law
(515) 271-1809;


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