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Maria Woltjen : Curriculum Vitae


 Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
JD, 1987

  • Executive Editor, Lead Articles, Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal, 1986-1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Juvenile Law, 1987

University of Illinois at Chicago
BS Biology, 1978-1982



Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (formerly Immigrant Children's Advocacy Program)
Director, December 2003-present

University of Chicago Law School
Lecturer in law, August 2005 – present 

Loyola University of Chicago Law School
Adjunct Faculty, ChildLaw Center, September 2001-December 2003

Loyola University, Center for Urban Research and Learning
Fellow, 2001-2002

Health and Disability Advocates, Chicago
Consultant, 2000

DePaul College of Law
Visiting Assistant Professor, Legal Clinic, August 2000-August 2001

 Juvenile Justice Center of the American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.,
Consultant, 1997-2000

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.
Director, Children's Advocacy Project,  1991-1996

Coffield, Ungaretti, Harris & Slavin
Litigation Attorney, 1987-1991

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc., Chicago, IL
Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow, 1987

Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School.  Teach clinical course on immigrant child advocacy. Curriculum includes introduction to asylum and refugee law relating to children, as well as skills training covering oral and written advocacy on behalf of individual clients and policy advocacy concerning issues originating from work on behalf of individual child clients.  August 2005 – present.