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Althauser Takes the Helm at FYLaw

11/27/2017  -  Doug Althauser, L’08, has come back to Capital University Law School to serve as executive director of the Family and Youth Law Center (“FYLaw”). Althauser brings extensive experience as both a counselor and an attorney to his new role.

In addition to a J.D. from Capital with a concentration in Children and Family Law, Director Althauser earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Education in Rehabilitation Counseling from Ohio University. Althauser is a licensed, independent chemical dependency counselor and spent a decade directing chemical dependency programs for Kaiser Permanente before completing law school.

After graduating from Capital, he joined the Ohio Department of Youth Services as a mental health/juvenile justice liaison. In this role he worked with the Governor’s Office and the Ohio Supreme Court in drafting and advocating for legislation that established Ohio’s statutory definition of juvenile competency.

“I believe in everything FYLaw stands for,” Director Althauser said. “I’m very concerned about youth aging out of our welfare system,” and he appreciates the Center’s focus on smoothing that transition.

He’s also keenly aware of what the opportunities mean for Capital Law students. “I remember the amount of insecurity I felt as a law student,” he said. “The center offers professional opportunities and the chance for students to build confidence and competence.”

After passing the bar exam, Director Althauser established a private practice focusing on family and juvenile law, and served for years as a guardian ad litem. He most recently worked for the Delaware County Juvenile Court, where he served as Treatment Court Coordinator. He’s on the faculty of the Judicial College of the Supreme Court of Ohio and regularly trains and presents to a variety of audiences on topics including clinical and legal ethics, juvenile justice, and addiction prevention.

A native of Franklin County, Althauser is an adoptive father. The son he adopted at age five months s now a junior at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

“Doug is a big believer in the potential of everyone, regardless of how their lives started out, or what has happened between then and now,” said Denise St. Clair, outgoing executive director of the center. She served as director from 2001 until her recent retirement.

Althauser can be reached at and 236-6593.