ILCFR 2020 Conference

Due to the concern about the spread of COVID-19 and to be consistent with current policies at Northern Illinois University, the ILCFR executive board have made the decision to cancel the ILCFR 2020 Conference and reschedule for spring 2021. Although this is the right decision to make at this time, we are disappointed that will be unable to gather together this year. We hope that you will consider attending and submitting a proposal to the ILCFR 2021 Conference which will occur in March or April next year.

We wish each of you the very best this year. We hope that you and your loved ones will be able to stay healthy and successfully navigate these uncertain times.

2020 Illinois Council on Family Relations Annual Conference
Breaking Barriers: Serving Immigrant Families

Friday, April 3, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Northern Illinois University
Holmes Student Center
Duke Ellington Ballroom
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

The Illinois Council on Family Relations would like to invite you to the annual conference on Friday, April 3, 2020. This conference will be a full day and hosted at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. The theme for the ILCFR 2020 Conference is Breaking Barriers: Serving Immigrant Families.

Keynote Speaker

Anita Maddali, J.D.

Anita Maddali is an Associate Professor of Law at Northern Illinois University, teaches immigration law and constitutional law, and directs the NIU College of Law legal clinic.

Professor Maddali’s research explores the ways immigration laws and policies impact family unity for immigrant families. Her article, The Immigrant “Other”: Racialized Identity and the Devaluation of Immigrant Family Relations, examined court decisions terminating the parental rights of undocumented parents following immigration enforcement. Her articles have been published in the Indiana Law Journal, American University Law Review and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and have been cited in state and federal court decisions.

Prior to joining NIU, Professor Maddali was an Equal Justice Works fellow and later clinic professor at Northwestern University School of Law’s Children and Family Justice Center. She represented women and unaccompanied minors fleeing persecution from Latin American, African and Middle Eastern countries. She also developed a clinical course focused on the representation of undocumented minors with delinquency issues. Additionally, Professor Maddali litigated education, employment discrimination and immigration cases for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and developed a poverty law clinic while working as a visiting clinical professor at DePaul University College of Law.

Professor Maddali is currently the Vice President for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Board of Directors.

Professor Maddali is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law. She earned her B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

To register for ILCFR 2020 please complete this form: ILCFR 2020 – Registration Form

Please select your registration type and click the PayPal link to pay your registration fees:

Student Member Registration Fees – $40.00

Professional Member Registration Fees – $90.00

Professional Non-Member Registration Fees – $100.00

For conference attendees traveling to the conference, the NIU Hotel at Holmes Student Center has set aside rooms for the ILCFR conference. The room rate of $79.00 plus tax includes free wireless internet access and complimentary hotel parking. You can learn more about the hotel and also to book a reservation here:

ILCFR 2019 Conference Slideshow

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Illinois Council on Family Relations Awards

Each year at our annual conference, one or more awards may be given in the following categories:
  • Outstanding Service Award - Given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field.
  • Helen Gum Westlake Distinguished Member Award - Given to an active ILCFR member in recognition of their accomplishments and/or years or service.
  • Faculty Mentor Award - Given to a professor or faculty member who has provided outstanding leadership, guidance, and professional role modeling.
  • Outstanding Student Research Award - Given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated a significant contribution to the field.
Consider nominating your students and colleagues for these awards!
National Council on Family Relations
The Illinois Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations