Lawrence SchlamLawrence Schlam
Professor of Law

B.B.A., City College of New York
J.D., New York University

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Lawrence Schlam's primary teaching interests were in the fields of constitutional law, child law, criminal law, legislation, and civil rights litigation. He chaired the Illinois State Bar Association Section Council on Individual Rights and Responsibilities from 1979 to 1981 and, while in private practice, was involved in criminal and juvenile law, media and entertainment law, and litigated several federal civil rights matters concerning police misconduct, sex discrimination, education, and wrongful discharge of public employees. Schlam was also supervising attorney or counsel to several law reform and legal aid programs. He was an adjunct instructor at DePaul University School of Law and, at Northwestern University School of Law, he was staff counsel to the National Institute for Education in Law and Poverty. Schlam's scholarship interests involved state and federal constitutional law and child law. His book, The Bill of Rights: Fundamental Freedom, was published in 1981, and, more recently, he served as General Editor of the Illinois Juvenile Court Bench Book (Vol. I: 2005, 2007; Vol. II: 2006, 2008), and General Editor and Chapter Author of Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice (2007).  Schlam was appointed a member of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and the ISBA Child Law Section Council in 2013.  

Professor Schlam passed away on March 7, 2015.

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Book or Book Chapters

  • Schlam, Lawrence (Professor/Reporter), Illinois Juvenile Court Bench Book (Vol. I (Delinquency and Status Offenses) (pub: Illinois Supreme Court, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013) and Vol. II (Neglect, Dependency and Termination) (pub: Illinois Supreme Court, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013).
  • Schlam, Lawrence, “Termination of Parental Rights” (Chapter 11), Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice (IICLE 2007, 2013) (Lawrence Schlam, General Editor).
  • Schlam, Lawrence,  Illinois Juvenile Law and Practice (IICLE 2010 Supplement) (Lawrence Schlam, General Editor); Author: “Termination of Parental Rights” (Chapter 11S) and “Waiver and Transfer Hearings” (Chapter 3S).
  • Schlam, Lawrence, The Bill of Rights:  Fundamental Freedom (Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, 1981) (booklet/pamphlet discussing fundamental principles in the first Ten Amendments, with footnotes) (86 pgs.)


  • Victim Participation in Criminal Proceedings Makes Good Sense, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (May 21, 2014).
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  • Federalism and the Question of Uniform Laws: The Case of Third Party Custody "Standing" Provisions, 15 NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy 157 (Winter 2012).
  • Third-Party "Standing" and Child Custody Disputes in Washington: Non-Parent Rights -- Past, Present, and . . . Future?, 43 Gonz. L. Rev. 391 (2008).
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  • Standing in Third-Party Custody Disputes in Arizona: Best Interests to Parental Rights -- And Shifting the Balance Back Again, 47 Ariz. L. Rev. 221 (1999).
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  • Equality in Culture and Law: An Introduction to the Origins and Evolution of the Equal Protection Principle, 24 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 425 (2004).
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  • Informed Consent to the Medical Treatment of Minors: Law and Practice, 10 Health Matrix 141 (2000) (with Joseph Wood).
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  • Third Party Custody Disputes in Minnesota: Overcoming the "Natural Rights" of Parents or Pursuing the "Best Interests" of Children?, 26 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 733 (2000).
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  • Third-Party Standing in Child Custody Disputes: Will Kentucky's New "DeFacto Guardian" Provision Help?, 27 N. Ky. L. Rev. 368 (2000).
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  • Children "Not in the Physical Custody of One of [Their] Parents:” The Superior Rights Doctrine and Third-Party Standing Under the Uniform Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, 24 S. Ill. U. L.J. 405 (2000).
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  • 567 Annals Am. Acad. Pol. & Soc. Sci. 227 (2000) (reviewing G. Alan Tarr, Understanding State Constitutions (1998)).
  • Compulsory Royalty-Free Licensing as an Antitrust Remedy for Patent Fraud: Law, Policy and the Patent-Antitrust Interface Revisited, 7 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 467 (1998).
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  • Police Interrogation of Children and State Constitutions: Why Not Videotape the MTV Generation?, 26 U. Tol. L. Rev. 901 (1995).
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  • Age Discrimination Litigation: Who is an “Employee” What is an “Employer”?, 83 Ill. B.J. 120 (1995).
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  • State Constitutional Amending, Independent Interpretation, and Political Culture: A Case Study in Constitutional Stagnation, 43 DePaul L. Rev. 269 (1994).
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  • Legislative Term Limitation Under a “Limited” Popular Initiative Provision?, 14 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 1 (1994).
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  • 12 Duq. L. Rev. 1038 (1974) (reviewing Legal Rights of Children: Status, Progress, and Proposals (1973)).
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  • 13 J. Fam. L. 609 (1974) (reviewing Samuel Abrahams, Law and Family Conflict (1970)).
  • Police Interrogation of "Self"-Incrimination of Children by Parents: A Problem Not Yet Solved, 6 Clearinghouse Rev. 618 (1973-1974).
  • Police Intimidation Through 'Surveillance' Declared Unconstitutional Parts I and II, 3 Clearinghouse Rev. 130 (1970).

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Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Civil Rights Litigaton, Legislation, State Constitutional Law