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LAW 1079 v00 : Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia

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jrb298 Breslow, Julie
LAW 1079 v00: Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia
Child Welfare Law and Practice in the District of Columbia
Th 5:45-7:45p
Paper and Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective.)


Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship or a clinic or another practicum course.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email Louis Fine ( to request admission.

This course is suitable for evening students who can commit to attending class and working 10 hours/week (during business hours) on site at their field placements.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits for approximately 10 hours of fieldwork per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks, to be scheduled with the faculty. The fieldwork must be completed during normal business hours. The two credit seminar portion of this practicum will be graded. The two credits of fieldwork are mandatory pass/fail. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the field work.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and fieldwork components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and fieldwork components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

Does this course qualify as a "simulation course"?

Is this course available to distance students?

Is this a mandatory Pass-Fail course?


Personal Information

Julie Breslow was appointed as a magistrate judge for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 2002 and has been assigned to a child welfare calendar her entire time on the bench. Magistrate Judge Breslow’s case load consists of neglect cases and any other family court cases which involve the families on her neglect case load, including adoptions, guardianships, juvenile delinquency matters and domestic relations cases. Magistrate Judge Breslow presides over all D.C. neglect matters involving unaccompanied refugee minors in foster care, and has a particular interest in the intersection of family law and immigration law.

Before joining the Superior Court, Magistrate Judge Breslow served as the Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, the Victims’ Rights Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys, and the Director of the Court Services Unit for the Office of the General Receiver, D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. She spent five years as a trial attorney at the District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel (now the Attorney General’s Office) in the child abuse and neglect section, the juvenile delinquency section, and the child support enforcement section.
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