Cary Bloodworth

FLASC Clinical Instructor

Cary  Bloodworth

Pronouns: she/her

Room 4312A, Law School

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J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
B.A., University of Pittsburgh


Cary directs the Family Legal Advocacy and Supports Clinic (FLASC), where she works with both law students and social work students in providing legal and non-legal services to families at risk of formal involvement with the child welfare system. Law students provide one-on-one limited services to many and direct family law representation to a few clients during their time with the clinic, while social work students assist clients with non-legal needs, all with the goal of helping to stabilize the family.

Before joining the law school, Cary worked in the Wisconsin State Public Defender's appellate division, where she litigated appeals in criminal cases, termination of parental rights cases, juvenile cases, and mental health commitments. During her time there, she argued 2 cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Cary also has prior family law experience, having practiced family law at Community Justice Inc., a non-profit law firm that provides reduced-fee legal representation to low income families. She now serves on Community Justice Inc.'s board of directors.

Cary received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she was a Law In Action Research Fellow and served on the executive board of the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduating, Cary clerked for the Honorable Lynn Adelman in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.


  • Cary Bloodworth presented to the Wisconsin Judicial Committee on Child Welfare about the Family Legal Advocacy and Supports Clinic and the preventive work students are doing in the child welfare realm on March 7, 2024. The Committee is made up of judges, court commissioners and district court administrators throughout Wisconsin. 

  • Cary Bloodworth and Jennifer Binkley presented "Imputed Income and the Impact of Incarceration on Child Support" during the  2024 Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society Symposium: Unraveling Paternity in Law and Society, Feb. 17, 2024.

  • Cary Bloodworth presented "Empowering Justice: The Opportunity for Law School Clinics in the Field of Preventive Legal Advocacy and Pre-Petition Representation" during the PLA Virtual Summit on Dec. 15, 2023.

  • Cary Bloodworth published "A Law Clinic Model for Preventive Legal Advocacy" in the American Bar Association Children's Rights Litigation Committee Newsletter on Nov. 14, 2023. The article describes how the Law School's Family Legal Advocacy and Supports Clinic fits into the broader national movement toward preventative legal advocacy in the child welfare system. Read the article

  • Grace Kube, Rachel Burg, Cary Bloodworth, Sophie Crispin and Raffi Friedman presented "'So Many Dreams:' Creating A Cohort for Ongoing Education" during the Midwestern Clinical Conference Oct. 21, 2023.

  • Cary Bloodworth presented "Family Legal Advocacy & Supports Project (FLAS): A Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Formal CPS Involvement," during the 2023 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts: Stronger Together, Uniting for Children, Sept. 27, 2023.

  • Cary Bloodworth presented "Preventative Legal Advocacy and Pre-Petition Representation: Where We Are, Where We Are Headed and What We Are Learning" during the National Association of Counsel for Children's 46th National Child Welfare Law Conference on Aug. 10, 2023.

  • Cary Bloodworth presented "Family Legal Advocacy a Supports Program" during the Wisconsin Commission on Children, Families and the Courts Meeting on May 31, 2023.

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