• WCL Family Law Society

    The Family Law Society is a group of students interested in exploring, understanding, and expanding the field of family law and its application in our communities. ​

    Mission

    The Family Law Society's mission is to enhance the education and raise awareness of the family law field and opportunities therein for the student body, to establish and maintain a networking relationship with practicing family law attorneys, and to enrich the role of family law practice in the community. Finally, the Society offers a venue of relevant discussion and current issues as they arise in the field of family law.

    Purpose

    The Family Law Society is a group of students interested in exploring, understanding, and expanding the field of family law and its application in our communities. Tapping into a vast network of dedicated, encouraging professionals in Maryland, Virginia, and beyond, we volunteer for family law projects and mingle at family law functions. FLS recognizes its role as member of the law school community by promoting various educational and networking opportunities for students who aspire to enter the field of family law.
     

    Goals

    • Enhance the education of students interested in family law
    • Build upon our network of practitioners
    • Increase community service in the family law field
    • Educate current and incoming students on courses available in the family law realm
       
  • Family Law at WCL

    Recommended Courses

     

    LAW - 619A Comparative Family Law

     

    LAW - 636 Family Law

     

    LAW - 637 Domestic Violence Law

     

    LAW - 638A Juvenile Justice

     

    LAW - 647 Federal Personal Income Tax

     

    LAW 655 - Immigration and Naturalization Law

     

    LAW - 656 Asylum and Refugee Law

     

    LAW - 676A Gender and International Comparative Law

     

    LAW - 690 Education Law

     

    LAW - 697 Wills, Trusts, and Estates

     

    LAW - 782 Family Law: Children of LGBT Parents Seminar

     

    LAW - 812 Elder Law: Policy and Practice Seminar

     

    LAW - 849B Legal Drafting: Family Law Litigation and Practice

     

    LAW - 927 International Trafficking in Persons

     

    LAW - 967 Immigration Issues: Employment and Family

     

    Law - 988 Drafting Wills and Trusts

     

    LAW - 993 Adoption Law Policy and Practice

  • Executive Board

    Brianna Tocci, 3L

    President

    Originally from Massachusetts, Brianna relocated to the nation’s capital to pursue a legal career in child exploitation and cyber law. She has experience researching and editing legal textbooks, as well as interning with the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, the Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, and the Circuit Court for Prince George's County, Maryland, where she worked as a Judicial Intern and subsequently, Judicial Clerk. In her free time, Brianna loves to hike and play tennis.

    Allison Zack, 3L

    Vice President

    Allison grew up in Philadelphia and attended Georgetown University. She has worked as an intern for the Senior Judges on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, and for Harvard Legal Aid Bureau's Family Law Division. Allison is looking forward to advocating for children and for people living with mental disabilities. When she is not studying, you can find Allison in the yoga studio.

    Bridget Brennan, 2L

    External Outreach Coordinator

    Bridget is an evening student living in Maryland who works during the day as a program manager in technology focused on information privacy. After 30 years working in engineering, sales, product development, and program management, she is looking to supplement a mostly technical career with a legal one providing legal services to women, children, elders, and others that need legal assistance. When not working at work or school, she enjoys yoga, reading, and family.

    Julian Moss, 2L

    Treasurer

    Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Julian hopes to pursue a career in Family and Juvenile law to serve his community. He has experience working as a paralegal for a Family Law Firm handling divorce and custody disputes. He currently works for Fairfax County General District Court Civil Division. In his free time, Julian loves cooking and baking, and if you're lucky, he'll share some recipes with you.

    Ana Saragoza, 3L

    Special Events and Marketing Coordinator

    Originally from Northern Virginia, Ana taught in D.C. through Teach For America. After Teach For America, she started her legal career at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center. She has since worked at AARP's Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and Children's Law Center. She hopes to continue a career in public interest, with a focus on family law. In her free time, Ana takes her dog to dog parks and plays ultimate frisbee.

    Professor David Spratt

    Faculty Advisor

    Professor David H. Spratt received a B.A. degree in Government and Psychology from The College of William and Mary and graduated summa cum laude from The American University, Washington College of Law. In 2001, Professor Spratt was a founding partner of Schwartz & Spratt, PLC, a family law firm in Fairfax, Virginia. Professor Spratt writes a regular column, “Writer’s Block,” for the Virginia Bar Association News Journal.

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