Nancy Drane

Adjunct Professor of Law

Nancy Drane is Pro Bono Director at Children's Law Center, the largest provider of civil legal services in Washington, DC. As pro bono director, Nancy engages with hundreds of pro bono attorneys from area law firms, government, and solo practice as they represent caregivers in adoption, guardianship, and custody cases, advocate for the best interests of children involved in high-conflict custody matters, represent parents of children with disabilities in special education advocacy, and bring affirmative housing conditions litigation when a child's health is at risk. Nancy also serves as a staff liaison to Children's Law Center's Advisory Board, comprised of rising leaders from area law firms and corporations. Nancy joined the staff of Children's Law Center in 2003 as a staff attorney and has represented children in DC's child welfare system as a guardian ad litem and adult caregivers in adoption, guardianship, custody, and special education proceedings. Nancy later served as the organization's first training director from 2006-2012, and in that role developed CLC's internal training program and the technical assistance programs it provides to private practitioners practicing in neglect proceedings in DC's Family Court. In 2009, Nancy was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Nancy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Council of Lawyers and co-chairs its Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee. Nancy is a past co-chair of the DC Bar's Family Law Section Steering Committee. Nancy received a BA from Boston College in 1994. From 1994 to 1998, Nancy worked with Chicago's Inner-City Teaching Corps, a volunteer service program, and served as both an elementary school teacher and eventually the program's Assistant Director. In 2001, Nancy received a JD, cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she was a Loyola ChildLaw Fellow and the Managing Editor of the Loyola University Chicago Law Review. While in law school, Nancy externed with the Children's Health and Education Project at the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law in Washington, DC. Prior to joining Children's Law Center's staff, Nancy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Dominic J. Squatrito of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Areas of Specialization

  • Children and the Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law 2001
  • B.A., Boston College 1994

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