Stacey Platt is a clinical professor of law and the associate director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where her focus is the training of law students to represent children in legal proceedings.
Stacey has dedicated her legal career to representing low-income children and families. At the ChildLaw Clinic, Stacey and her students represent children involved in child protection cases and high conflict custody disputes. In addition to clinical supervision, Stacey co-teaches a weekly clinic seminar, and serves as a faculty lecturer and trainer in several other law school courses involving child and family law, as well as trial practice.
Before joining Loyola, Stacey was a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, where her areas of focus were domestic violence and children’s issues. She has extensive experience representing parents, caretakers and children in abuse and neglect proceedings in the juvenile court and in custody and visitation proceedings in the domestic relations court, including work on significant appeals. She has also worked on several class action lawsuits pursuing reform of Illinois’ child welfare and education systems.
Stacey has co-authored several articles on topics including failed adoption, older youth aging out of foster care, and the educational rights of homeless children. She has served as a teacher for the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in numerous litigation training programs for children’s advocates and advocates for survivors of domestic violence.
Stacey serves on the editorial board of Family Court Review, the board of directors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), and the advisory board of the Honoring Families Initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Stacey was a caseworker in the New York City child welfare system. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her law degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law.
In August 2011, The Chicago Bar Association honored Stacey with the Leonard Jay Schrager Award of Excellence, in recognition of her contribution to improving access to justice.