About the Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law

The Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law, a project of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, provides innovative services to Maryland families who otherwise would not have access to legal services. The Center supports family-friendly laws and family-focused decision-making by judges, lawyers, and parents. All of the Women’s Law Center’s direct services, research and advocacy efforts in the area of family law are conducted under the auspices of the Kaufman Center for Family Law.

Through a combination of direct services and advocacy, the Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law reduces conflict and helps families cope with a legal crisis. The Center teaches clients to become effective consumers and advocates, helping them gain confidence in themselves and in the legal process. Litigants who are proceeding without an attorney receive reliable guidance to help them obtain more positive outcomes and reduce the burden to the court. Ongoing problems in the family law system and areas in need of reform are identified through direct representation of clients and ground-breaking research. The knowledge gained through our direct services strengthens the Center’s ability to advocate for a fairer and more accessible system of justice.

The Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law includes the following programs:

Family Law Hotline
Legal Forms Helpline
Protective Order Advocacy and Representation Projects
Multi-Ethnic Domestic Violence Project

The Kaufman Center was named in honor of Bruce A. Kaufman Esquire (1946 - 1997). Mr. Kaufman was Chair of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section at the time of his death and was considered Maryland's Dean of Family Law. Mr. Kaufman was a supporter of the Women's Law Center of Maryland, Inc. for many years and helped to establish its programs to help families in crisis. Upon his death, his wife, Arlene Kaufman, along with the Women's Law Center, created the Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law Memorial Fund.

The purpose of the Memorial Fund is to ensure that the work Mr. Kaufman supported during his lifetime would continue, particularly policy efforts in the area of family law. To commemorate the gift and Mr. Kaufman's contributions to the field of family law, the Bruce A. Kaufman Center for Family Law was created in 1997.