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Meet Our Executive Director
The Children s Law Center | Home Justine Rakich-Kelly graduated from Western Connecticut University, cum laude, with a BS in Justice and Law Administration. Between college and law school she worked inthe legal department at Union Carbide doing corporate divestitures. She earned her law degree from University of Connecticut in 1991. Upon graduating from law school, Justine began her legal career at Koskoff, McMahon & Condon in Plainville, Connecticut. In 1993 the Law Offices of Justine Rakich-Kelly were opened, specializing in juvenile and family law, with a focus on poverty cases. Justine joined Statewide Legal Services in 1998 as a legal aid attorney in the Family Unit, and was soon promoted to manager of the unit. In October of 2000, Children’s Law Center approached her, and with the support of her boss at SLS, she came aboard and has served as Executive Director since.

In 2005, the American Bar Association adopted the process for outcome measures that were developed by Children’s Law Center, under Justine’s guidance, for use intracking measureable outcomes of legal aid programs involving child custody. Three years later, at a joint conference of the American Bar Association and the American Psychological Association, Justine presented a paper on our Families in Transition program, and how to incorporate a mental health component into the legal representation of children. During Justine’s tenure, Children’s Law Center has been at the forefront of including mental health care in the process of legal representation of children in family court. The model is one of only a few in the state of Connecticut, and has been widely adapted.


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