Skip to main content area Skip to institutional navigation Skip to search Skip to section navigation

Kara Finck

Practice Associate Professor of Law

Kara Finck

Kara Finck directs the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, focusing on the legal needs of children and families. Students enrolled in the clinic engage in direct legal representation, while also working on systemic reform projects in the areas of child welfare and Family Court.


Before coming to Penn Law, she was the Managing Attorney of the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where she created a groundbreaking interdisciplinary legal practice for parents involved in the child welfare system. Continue reading…
Kara Finck directs the Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, focusing on the legal needs of children and families. Students enrolled in the clinic engage in direct legal representation, while also working on systemic reform projects in the areas of child welfare and Family Court.


Before coming to Penn Law, she was the Managing Attorney of the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders, where she created a groundbreaking interdisciplinary legal practice for parents involved in the child welfare system. Her areas of specialty include child welfare, parents’ rights and interdisciplinary practice focusing on law and social work collaboration. She has presented on best practices in child welfare and dependency cases, the collateral consequences of child welfare involvement and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her recent scholarship includes: Social Work Practice and the Law, co-authored with Dr. Lyn Slater, PhD (Springer Publishing, 2011).

[Hide]

Expertise

  • Child Advocacy
  • Child Dependency Law and Practice
  • Child Welfare Law
  • Law and Social Work

Books

SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE AND THE LAW, (with Lyn K. Slater, Springer Publishing 2011).

More publications can be found here.

Positions

Penn Law -- Practice Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic (2012- )

The Bronx Defenders --Managing Attorney, Family Defense Practice (2004-12)

Fordham University School of Law -- Adjunct Professor of Law (2008-12)

The Door’s Legal Services Center -- Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney (2002-04)

Law Clerk to the Honorable Reginald Lindsay, U.S. District Court, Boston, MA (8/01-8/02)

The Bronx Defenders -- Project Planner (9/97 – 7/98)

Courses

  • Integrative Seminar on Law and Social Work (Fordham Law School)

⇱ Return to Top