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53 Fam. Ct. Rev. 1 (2015)

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                                    JANUARY 2015

   This issue begins a new volume of Family Court Review.


   As is traditional each January, Michael Slade, the student managing editor who is the head of the
student staff, introduces the new staff to readers. We thus begin this volume by highlighting the
Hofstra Law student staff. They continue to make invaluable contributions to the growth and devel-
opment  of this journal through their student Notes and editorial work. FCR could simply not be
published without their hard work and dedication.


   Many  in the AFCC community  have long believed that future lawyers should be trained together
with future mental health professionals to provide holistic services that support parents and children
through separation and divorce. Integrating disciplines for training and emphasizing alternatives to
litigation such as mediation is, for example, a major theme of the Family Law Education Reform
Project and the law school course development that followed it.
   The University of Denver has realized that interdisciplinary vision by creating a groundbreaking
Resource Center for Separating and Divorcing Families. The Center is sponsored by the Universi-
ty's Law School, Department of Psychology, and School of Social Work. Its design is the product
of The Honoring  Families Initiative (HFI) of the Institute for the Advancement of the American
Legal System  (IAALS),  a civil justice reform think tank that has close relationships with the
   The Resource Center:

   *  Provides multidisciplinary services (mediation, agreement drafting, therapy, education, finan-
      cial planning) for separating and divorcing families;
   *  Serves as a training center for law students and mental health students;
   *  Is a locus of research and development on best practices for separating and divorcing families.

More  information about IAALS, HFI, and the Center can be found at http://www.du.edu/rcsdf/.
   Many AFCC   members  and FCR  Editorial Board members played a role in developing the model
for the Center. Marsha Kline Pruett and one of us (Andy) consulted extensively with the University
of Denver, IAALS, and HFI in the process.
   The Center is undergoing a rigorous empirical evaluation of the impact of its services on parents
and children and the impact of its interdisciplinary teaching and environment on law and mental health
students. Numbers, graphs, and empirical rigor are the tools that we rely on for accurate assessment.
After visiting with the Center students, however, Marsha and Andy suggested that they should publish
something more qualitative and personal: the perspective of students in different disciplines on what
they experienced and what they have achieved.

FAMILY COURT REVIEW, Vol. 53 No. 1, January 2015 1-5
c 2015 Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

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