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Wendy Seiden

Professor, Clinical Faculty
Co-Director, Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Protection Clinic
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Expertise: Domestic Violence Law; Child Welfare Law; Crime Victim's Representation; Child Custody and Visitation; Guardianship Law
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 443
Phone: (714) 628-2636
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
Harvard University, Juris Doctor


B.A. summa cum laude, The University of Michigan
J.D. cum laude, Harvard Law School

Before joining Chapman in the fall of 2010, Professor Seiden taught the Mediation Clinic as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. From 2006 to 2009, Professor Seiden served as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Baltimore School of Law and coordinated the UB Family Mediation Clinic from 2008 to 2009. Professor Seiden taught Children and the Law as an Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law from 2003-06.

Professor Seiden began law practice as a Skadden Fellow at Legal Services for Children, in San Francisco, where she co-founded the Teen Moms Shelter and represented children in a variety of legal forums. In 1998, Professor Seiden founded Advocacy for Children, Youth & Families, a small multi-forum legal services and advocacy office dedicated to children and adults caught up in California's foster care system. Professor Seiden served as a Juvenile Court Consultant for the Judicial Council of California in 2004. She was a founding member of the California State Task Force on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment.

Professor Seiden was a contributor to Jane C. Murphy and Robert Rubinson, Family Mediation: Theory and Practice, LexisNexis (2009) and was the principal author of the ABA February 2009 Report on Child Victims of Crime Resolution. Professor Seiden has presented papers and taught skills at national conferences, primarily focusing on child welfare, domestic violence, and crime victims' rights.

Professor Seiden received her J.D. , cum laude, from Harvard Law School where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal and founded the Teen Violence Education Program. She received her A.B. degree from the University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude. In 1993, Professor Seiden was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the Universidad de Sevilla and in 2005 she was awarded a Rotary Alumni International Service to Humanity Award.

Courses Taught: Family Protection Clinic, Client Interviewing and Counseling

List of Scholarly Publications