Kaufman Center for Family Law
The Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law, a project of the Women’s Law Center, focuses on families in transition and improving how families interact with the legal system. The Center provides innovative services to families who otherwise would not have access to the courts. By educating our clients to become effective consumers and advocates, they gain confidence in themselves and in the legal process. By providing assistance to litigants who are proceeding without an attorney, we help them obtain more positive outcomes and reduce the burden to the court. By representing individual clients and conducting ground-breaking research, we identify ongoing problems in the family law system and areas in need of reform. We use the knowledge gained through our direct services to advocate for a more fair and accessible system of justice.
All of the Women’s Law Center’s direct services, research and advocacy efforts in the area of family law are conducted under the auspices of the Kaufman Center for Family Law. The Kaufman Center was named in honor of Bruce A. Kaufman.
The Women’s Law Center’s Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law includes the following programs and initiatives:
- Kaufman Alimony Guidelines — a tool to help lawyers and decision-makers develop appropriate and equitable alimony awards
- Family Law Hotline — provides information about family law issues by allowing caller to speak briefly with an attorney for free
- Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project — provides free representation to victims of domestic violence seeking protective orders in Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Carroll County
- CLAS Project- represents existing clients and new clients who are victims of domestic violence in collateral legal issues, including custody, divorce, landlord/tenant matters, and more. CLAS also represents victims of domestic violence in protective order hearings when conflicts arise for other WLC offices or in other jurisdictions.
- Judicare — screens cases and places low-income clients involved in contested custody cases and family law cases in Baltimore County with experienced attorneys who provide their services for free to clients.
- Research and policy analysis — conducts research about family law issues, identifies trends and develops policy recommendations.
- Publications — numerous educational publications help individuals be aware of and understand their legal rights.
- Limited Scope Representation Project — provides legal representation and advice about specific components of family law cases