The work of the center has great impact in a variety of ways. For example, the center partners with the great community and teaches our students the gift of public service as well as builds community within our student groups. Students hone their legal skills while helping vulnerable people in need of assistance. Students have the opportunity to work with both public and private attorneys, thereby learning from and contributing to the profession. The center has further impact on students and the profession through our rigorous research agenda and numerous educational conferences.

Impact on Public Service

"Every day I have reason to be grateful to the center. The scholarship they produce is exceptional, the legal interns they send our way are beyond compare, and they are a delight to collaborate with. The center deserves a great deal of credit for the vitality of the pro-equality, pro-social justice, pro-feminist legal community in Chicago and beyond." --Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

"The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC) has had the privilege of working with the law students and staff from the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at DePaul University College of Law for many years. We are grateful and appreciative that each year the students choose to spend the spring break week providing programs for the youth at the detention center. This relationship is very valuable to the center. They and their instructors prepare six to seven different workshops each day for 4 to 5 days on topics that are important to the youth (Court Etiquette, Expungement, Adult Transfers, Miranda rights etc.). Thank you." --Florida Turner, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

"At the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, DePaul law student interns work closely with attorneys to advocate on behalf of adults with disabilities, children in highly contested divorce cases, and abused, neglected and dependent children. The DePaul students' assistance is invaluable in helping our attorneys manage from very complex to routine legal issues that impact the lives of our child clients and adult wards. The students assist in many areas by preparing cases for court, researching policy and legal issues, and for those students who have an Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 license, handling cases before a judge while under the supervision of an attorney. Thank you Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center!" --Robert F. Harris, Cook County Public Guardian

"The students who are placed with me from the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center are unique in that they come with a genuine interest in family law and their enthusiasm translates into a copasetic relationship. As a result, I am able to increase my caseload, taking on more complex issues than I would be able to without the aid of the students." -- Marta C. Bukata, Chicago Legal Clinic Deputy Director

Impact on the Profession

"The law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck is proud to help support and have our name associated with the center and its exceptional educational, charitable and research agenda." --Donald Schiller, Schiller DuCanto and Fleck LLP, Executive Committee Partner & Chair

"The center is a great learning experience for students who provide an invaluable aid to clients who cannot afford this type of counseling." --Bernard B. Rinella, Rinella & Rinella, LTD

"Finding ways to support families in need is one of my passions and the primary goal of the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center. I am honored to be one of the center's donors." --Harry Cendrowski, Cendrowski Corporate Advisors founding member and Managing Director

Impact on Students

The center partners with the greater community and teaches our students the gift of public service, as well as builds community within our students groups. The following are examples of the many comments students have made about our center.

Support & Services the Center Provides
"The center has provided me with incredible support during my time at DePaul. Not only has it served as a space for me to build foundational skills through mentorship and externship experiences, but the work I've done here has reaffirmed my passion for the public service work that I came to law school to pursue." – Lee

"The center has truly helped me get to the point where I am today. Thanks to the support and resources I have had here, I have been able to have a variety of volunteer and employment experiences that have led to the law firm position that I will be starting at upon graduation." – Mallory

Service-learning Placements & Externships
"I genuinely contributed to the defenses of numerous young people, and that feels pretty good, win or lose." – Margaret

"I had a chance to see how the law works in the real world and to help real people with real problems." – John

"In a typical day I could speak with an elderly woman in tears because her granddaughter quit-claimed her house, and also to a man who had been left behind in his wheelchair during a fire at his nursing home. That is a lot for this mild 20-something male who has lived a somewhat sheltered existence. But, to hear in someone's voice that I've given him/her a bit of hope and assistance, makes me know that I'll never want to stop doing this kind of work. I come home at night feeling emotionally drained, yes, but I am also replenished with something much greater." – Justin

Sample Statistics on Impact

  • In the Domestic Violence Courthouse Project’s first 18 months, more than 225 DePaul law students helped 2,119 abused persons file petitions; 82% of the petitions were granted.
  • In the 10 years of the center’s existence, approximately 300 students have been placed in public service agencies or private firms, honing their legal skills.

Family Law