Bruce Boyer, JD

Bruce is a nationally recognized expert in child welfare law who has litigated, taught, written and consulted extensively in the area of child abuse and neglect. In addition to working with NCAP, he is Director of the Civitas ChildLaw Clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where his work focuses primarily on issues of child maltreatment. He has represented clients in a wide range of proceedings including child welfare, adoption, juvenile delinquency, special education, disability hearings, and international child abduction.

Bruce has designed and directed an intensive trial skills course for child advocates, and his publications include a book of training materials for child advocates, as well as numerous scholarly and practice-oriented articles. He has served as Chair of the ABA’s Steering Committee on the Unmet Legal Needs of Children; as a Director and Program Chair for the Donaldson Adoption Institute's Board of Directors; and as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Bruce has been elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of his "outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and the highest principles of the legal profession." Before joining Loyola in 2001, he taught at the Northwestern University Law School, where he helped to establish the renowned Children and Family Justice Center. Previously, he was an associate at the law firm of Jenner & Block.