Professor Dale Margolin Cecka is Director of the Law School's Family Law Clinic and teaches and writes in the area of family law. Professor Cecka's scholarship focuses on child welfare issues, youth aging out of foster care, and the constitutional rights of parents, particularly those who are mentally disabled, in child protective proceedings. Prior to joining the Richmond Law faculty, Professor Cecka was a Skadden Fellow in the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society in New York and then a Clinical Teaching Fellow at the St. John's University School of Law Family Law Clinic. For her contributions in the area of family law generally, and foster care specifically, Professor Cecka was awarded the FACES of Virginia Families Empowerment Award in 2009.
FACES of Virginia Families Empowerment Award 2009.
Presenter, “Custody and Child Welfare Cases: A Parental Defense Perspective,” Reimagining Family Defense Symposium, CUNY School of Law, New York. April 2016 (forthcoming).
Panelist, Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2016) Book Panel, AALS Joint Scholars and Scholarship Workshop on Feminist Jurisprudence, Fordham Law, January 2016.
Panelist and Co-Sponsor, “The Dark Matter of the Night,” with University of Virginia, Richmond, VA Sep,ember 2013.
Presenter, “Anonymous Reporting to Child Protective Services,” Making and Teaching “Real” Family Law: A Celebration of the Scholarship and Service of Professor Margo Melli, and the 6th Annual Midwest Family Law Consortium Workshop, University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 2013.
Poster Presentation, "Chipping Away at Cognitive Bias: A Cross-Clinic Public-Private Approach to Domestic Violence," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, April 2013 (with Julie McConnell)
Presentation on Legal Services for Indigent Clients, 19th Annual Bench-Bar Conference, Richmond, October 2010
"The American with Disabilities Act and Mental Health: Exploring Public Benefits and Child Welfare Law" Presentation to the Urban Justice Center, New York, NY, April 2010
"Teens in Foster Care" Presentation to the Stafford County Best Practice Court Team Training, August 2009
Organizer and speaker, Greater Richmond Housing Summit: Youth Aging out of Foster Care, March 2009
Organizer and speaker, National Symposium: The Housing Crisis Facing Youth Aging of Foster Care, New York, March 2008
AALS Section on Clinical Education Annual Meeting, presenter, 2008 and 2009
Inequity in Private Child Custody Litigation, 20 CUNY L. Rev. 203 (2016).
It’s Time for the Fourth Circuit to Rethink Deshaney, 67 S. C. L. Rev. __ (2016).
Abolish Anonymous Reporting to Child Protective Services, 64 Cath. U. L. Rev. 51 (2015).
Traumatic Brain Injury and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 59 Soc. Work 261 (2014) (with Portia L. Cole).
Terminating Parental Rights through a Backdoor in the Virginia Code, 48 U. Rich. L. Rev. 481 (2013).
Persons Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace, 27 J. Workplace Behav. Health 227 (2012) (with Portia L. Cole and Fatima M. Smith).
Spoliation in Child Welfare, 15 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 533 (2012).
Every Adolescent Deserves a Parent, 40 Cap. U. L. Rev. 417 (2012).
Empowerment, Innovation, and Service: Law School Programs Provide Access to Justice and Instill a Commitment to Serve, 48 Fam. Ct. Rev. 672 (2010).
The Housing Crisis Facing Youth Aging-Out of Foster Care: Introduction, 23 St. John's J. Legal Comment, Vol. 12, 382 (2008).
Commentary for Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Kathryn Stanchi, et al., eds.) (Cambridge University Press 2016).
Parents with Disabilities: The Legal Landscape, Journal of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota 14 (2013).
Where are the Records? Handling Lost/Destroyed Records in Child Welfare Tort Litigation, The American Bar Association Child Law Practice, Vol. 30, No. 6 (2011).
Clients Aging Out of Care, The American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation, Vol. 12, Issue 4 (2009).
Securing Housing in Tough Times: Seeking Shelter for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care, The American Bar Association Child Law Practice, Vol. 27, No. 5 (2008).
Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers in Foster Care, Practicing Law Institute (2005).
Op-ed: How child abuse hotlines hurt the very children they're trying to protect Anonymous callers make unsubstantiated accusations all the time. Once CPS gets involved, families get trapped (The Washington Post)
Wed., May. 6, 2015
The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew (Talk of the Nation, NPR)
Thu., Mar. 21, 2013
Clinical Legal Education