Campus/Virtual - 2023 Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Memorial Lecture



9th Annual
Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Memorial Lecture

“The End of Family Court”

Jane M. Spinak
Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law Emerita
Columbia Law School


Wednesday, November 8, 2023
5:30 p.m.
Albany Law School, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom
Available via Zoom (Link sent in Confirmation Email)

Reception to follow in the East Foyer 

About Professor Jane M. Spinak 

Jane M. Spinak

Jane M. Spinak is the Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law Emerita at Columbia Law School, where she taught for 40 years. Spinak co-founded the Child Advocacy and Family Advocacy Clinics and directed the Adolescent Representation Clinic until 2021. From 2001 to 2006, she was the director of Clinical Education at the Law School. During the mid-1990s, Spinak served as attorney-in-charge of the Juvenile Rights Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York City. In 2002, she became the founding chair of the board of the Center for Family Representation (CFR); she continues to serve on CFR’s board.

Spinak co-chaired the Task Force on Family Court in New York City created by the New York County Lawyer’s Association from 2008 to 2011. In 2005, Professor Spinak was named a Human Rights Hero for her work on behalf of children by the ABA’s Human Rights Magazine.

In 2008 she was awarded the Howard A. Levine Award for Excellence in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare by the New York State Bar Association and in 2018 she received the Kathryn A. McDonald Award for Excellence in Service to Family Court. Her recent scholarship has focused on the family court and other problem-solving courts. Her 2023 book from NYU Press is: The End of Family Court: How Abolishing the Court Brings Justice to Children and Families. 

About the Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Lecture Series

The Katheryn D. Katz ’70 Lecture Series was established in 2014 to focus on the family law topics that Professor Katz made central to her teaching, including domestic violence, gender and the law, children and the law, reproductive rights, and inequality.


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