Dale Margolin Cecka
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic
Courses Taught Family Law Clinic

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.

Panelist, "The Rights of Parents and Children," Family Law Reform Conference, Divorce Corp., November 15-16, 2014

Paper, "Abolish Anonymous Reporting to Child Protective Services," 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

Board of Directors, In the Spirit of the Children, Inc. New York, N.Y.
Advisory Council, Campaign for Youth Justice, Washington, DC
New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law (Appointed member)
Advisory Board, Resilience Law and Advocacy Project, New York, N.Y.
Bar Admissions
New York
Professional Experience
Director of the Family Law Clinic, Clinical Professor of Law (2014-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Director of the Family Law Clinic, Associate Clinical Professor of Law (2011-2014)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Director of the Family Law Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (2008-2011)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Interim Director, Child Advocacy Clinic (2007-2008)
St. John's University School of Law, New York, NY
Clinical Teaching Fellow (2006-2008)
St. John's University School of Law, New York, N.Y.
Skadden Fellow, representing adolescents in foster care (2004-2006)
The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division, New York, N.Y.

Parents with Disabilities: The Legal Landscape, J. Center Adv. Stud. Child Welfare, Fall 2013, at 14.

Spoliation in Child Welfare: Perspectives and Solutions, 15 Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int. 533 (2012). 

Persons Affected by Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace: Implications for Employee Assistance Programs, 27 J. Workplace Behav. Health 227 (2012). (with Portia L. Cole and Fatima M. Smith)

Every Adolescent Deserves a Parent, 40 Cap. U. L. Rev. 417 (2012).

Clients Aging Out of Care, The American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation, Vol. 12, Issue 1 (Fall 2009).

Seeking Shelter in Tough Times: Securing Housing for Youth Who Age Out of Foster Care, The American Bar Association Child Law Practice, Vol. 27, No. 5, July 2008.

Advocating for Yourself from Day One, Represent Magazine, May 2008.

What You Should Know Before You Leave the System, Represent Magazine, January 2007.

Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers in Foster Care, Practicing Law Institute Curriculum Book (2005).


Commentary for Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins in Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court (Kathryn Stanchi, et al., eds.) (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2015).

B.A., Stanford University 1999
J.D., Columbia Law School 2004
Contact Information
(804) 287-6468
Areas of Expertise
Family Law (Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence, and Child Advocacy)
Public Benefits
Clinical Legal Education