Faculty News for Professor Lawrence Schlam

Lawrence SchlamLawrence Schlam
Professor of Law

B.B.A., City College of New York
J.D., New York University
Email: lschlam@niu.edu
Phone: (815) 753-0140

Professor Lawrence Schlam Writes Piece for Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Professor Lawrence Schlam recently penned a guest column that appeared in the May 21, 2014 edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  In the piece, Professor Schlam gives his opinion in favor of victim participation in criminal cases in anticipation of the November vote in Illinois on a victim-standing amendment.

Professor Schlam Joins ISBA Child Law Section Council

Professor Lawrence Schlam was recently appointed a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Child Law Section Council. The Child Law Section Council is intended to keep attorneys apprised of relevant issues in juvenile justice, child and family law, adoption and guardianship; to study as well as create child-related legislation; to provide skills training for lawyers working in juvenile and family law; and to foster discussion on improvements in any and all legal matters pertaining to children. Professor Schlam regards juvenile and family law as areas of particular interest and expertise. He is a published author on the subject of juvenile law and recently helped author a brief heard before the U.S. Supreme Court on adoption rights.

Schlam Appointed to State Commission

Governor Pat Quinn has recently appointed Professor Lawrence Schlam to the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission. His appointment becomes effective upon confirmation by the Illinois Senate. The Commission protects and enforces the rights of individuals with mental illness, developmental disability, or physical disability through three separate divisions - the Office of State Guardians, Legal Advocacy Services (LAS) and the Human Rights Authority - in nine offices located around the State of Illinois including Chicago, Des Plaines, Peoria, Rockford, and Maywood, and three satellite offices in Tinley Park Mental Health center, Read Mental Health Center and Elgin Mental Health Center.

Professor Schlam Helps Create Brief to be Heard in U.S. Supreme Court

Professor Lawrence Schlam recently participated in the drafting and filing of the Law Professors’ Brief Amici Curiae in support of Respondent's Birth Father and the Cherokee Nation in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl (#12-399) to be heard next month in the United States Supreme Court.

Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in response to overwhelming evidence that states were improperly removing Indian children from their families. In order to arrest this disturbing trend, the ICWA establishes heightened protections for an Indian child’s parent or Indian custodian, including minimum federal standards governing the termination of any parent-child relationship.

The brief argues that the South Carolina Supreme Court correctly determined that Birth Father met the federal statutory definition of “parent,” correctly applied the ICWA to deny the adoption and return Baby Girl to his custody, and correctly protected Baby Girl’s best interests in that relationship, regardless of whether Birth Father would prevail in a state custody proceeding.  This is because the ICWA preempts state law, and permissibly creates greater Indian parent-child rights than the fundamental constitutional rights that must be respected in non-Indian state court custody and adoption proceedings.

Professor Schlam Quoted in Daily Herald Article on Police Mug Shots

Professor Lawrence Schlam was quoted in an article by Josh Stockinger, last updated on March 17, 2013, in the Daily Herald.  Schlam was consulted on the legal ramifications of website developers charging fees for removal of mug shots from their websites.  

Schlam's Landmark Case Featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

The January 25, 2013 issue of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin featured an article by Jerry Crimmins detailing the potentially groundbreaking domestic violence case recently litigated by Professor Lawrence Schlam. The article features quotes from Professor Schlam as well as Professor Wendy Vaughn of the NIU Law civil justice clinic.  As part of the case, Professor Schlam obtained an order establishing, for the first time in Illinois, implied standing of domestic violence victims to intervene directly in the criminal proceedings to enforce their rights.

Professor Schlam Reappointed by Illinois Judicial Conference

Professor Lawrence Schlam has recently been reappointed as Professor/Reporter to the Juvenile Justice Study Committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference for 2013.  Professor Schlam is an authority on juvenile law, having dealt extensively with juvenile cases while practicing as an attorney and taught on the subject for years as a professor.  He also writes on juvenile law:  the IICLE volume "Juvenile Law and Practice," for which Professor Schlam is general editor and chapter author, has been in circulation since 2005 and the 2013 edition will be published soon.

Professor Lawrence Schlam Obtains Landmark Order

Professor Lawrence Schlam, after having recently litigated a local domestic violence case, obtained an order establishing, for the first time in Illinois, implied standing of such victims to intervene directly in the criminal proceedings to enforce their rights. This would be necessary if there is misfeasance or nonfeasance by State's Attorneys in abiding by their statutory duty to do so.

Professor Schlam is an accomplished attorney in addition to being a prolific writer and speaker.  In addition to his continuing litigation efforts, Professor Schlam will be teching and publishing this spring as well as moderating a panel discussion for the League of Women Voters on the "purpose and function of government."