2011 – Stacey E. Platt

Stacey PlattProfessor Stacey E. Platt has devoted her legal career to serving low-income children and families, particularly in child welfare and high-conflict custody cases, some of the most highly charged and challenging in our legal system. After starting her career as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Stacey has served as a clinical professor and associate director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. For twenty years now, Professor Platt has represented children in cases where families are experiencing addiction, sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence and mental health issues.

One attorney who has represented parents in Stacey’s cases states that “Stacey is the best child’s representative I have ever worked with…She typically understands and applies the law better than anyone else participating in a case, and she is simultaneously genuinely concerned with protecting the integrity of families embroiled in the legal system.” Her most important legacy, however, may be the scores of students she has inspired to be compassionate, dedicated lawyers for children.

Through her instruction and by example, Professor Platt equips her students to be exceptional advocates and instills in them a deep commitment to serve the disadvantaged in our community, particularly children. As stated by one colleague, “Stacey is revered by students and colleagues alike for her keen intelligence, her ability to communicate concepts with unusual clarity and creativity, her fierce commitment to human rights, and her unfailing sense of good cheer.” Stacey also shares her teaching abilities and knowledge with fellow practioners both locally and nationally and is a highly sought after instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and other programs. She also serves on the editorial board of the Family Court Review, a national scholarly journal dedicated to improving the quality of representation in family law matters