Advocacy, Education, & Community Outreach

 

Who We Are

 

Kozakiewicz Joseph Kozakiewicz, JD, LMSW
Director

 

Joseph Kozakiewicz earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Columbia University in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He earned a master's degree in social work from Grand Valley State University in 2000. A native of New York State, Mr. Kozakiewicz moved to San Diego, California following his graduation from law school. Mr. Kozakiewicz practiced business and securities law for 3 years and then taught at the University of San Diego School of Law for 4 years before relocating to West Michigan. In 1997, Mr. Kozakiewicz began working for the Children's Law Center, a non-profit agency devoted to advocating for children in variety of legal matters. Between 1998 and 2003, Mr. Kozakiewicz worked for the Ottawa County Family Court, first as a referee conducting hearings in a variety of family court cases, and then as the Director of the Friend of the Court, the county agency responsible for enforcing child support, custody, and parenting time orders. In 2003 Mr. Kozakiewicz accepted the position of Director of the Michigan State University Chance at Childhood Program. This interdisciplinary program serves to promote and protect the well-being of children and families through integrated education and advocacy.

 

 

Pope Delanie P. Pope, JD
Staff Attorney

 

Delanie Pope earned her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1988 and her law degree from Indiana University in 1993. She is the Staff Attorney for the Chance at Childhood Program at Michigan State University. As Staff Attorney, Ms. Pope supervises the Clinic's law and social work students in their court assignments and assists the Program's Director in a variety of ongoing projects related to child welfare. Before joining the Clinic in May, 2005, Ms. Pope was a Circuit Court Law Clerk in Ottawa County and a Prehearing Law Clerk at the Michigan State Court of Appeals. From 2002 to 2005, Ms. Pope worked for the Ottawa County Family Court as Referee conducting hearings in a variety of family court cases involving abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, parenting time, support, and juvenile delinquency.

 

Kim Battjes Kim Battjes, LMSW
Coordinator

 

Kim Battjes earned her bachelorís degree in Sociology at Central Michigan University in 1992. She earned a masterís degree in social work from Michigan State University in 1999. She began her career in social work as a Families First worker, from 1992-1996 in Detroit, Washtenaw, and Livingston County. She also worked as a case manager for families who had a child with a disability. Once she earned her masterís degree, she worked as a school social worker in Shiawassee and Livingston Counties from 1999-2015. She has had the privilege of being a MSU field instructor, liaison, clinical instructor, and coordinator for temporary approval for school social work. She currently represents MSU in the interuniversity committee for school social work approval. In November 2015, Kim accepted the position as Coordinator of Chance at Childhood.

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