Bachelor, University Chicago, 1963. Master of Arts, University Chicago. Juris Doctor, University Chicago, 1967.
Attorney Sidley & Austin, New York, 1984—1988. Litigation legal associate Office of Public Guardian, Cook County Juvenile Division, 1988—1990. Legal researcher Children's Rights Project, Roger Baldwin Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, 1990—1991, Legal Assistance Foundation, Homeless Advocacy Project, 1991.
Director Juvenile Court Project Northwestern University School Law, 1991—1992, director Children and Family Justice Center, since 1992, clinical associate professor Bluhm Legal Clinic, since 2000. Adjunct faculty University Illinois/Chicago, Department Criminal Justice, 2000—2002. Visiting law faculty Vrieje University, Amsterdam, since 2002.
Associate professor College of University Chicago, 2003, 04. Steering committee Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Committee, since 1994, Illinois State Court Improvement Project, since 1996. Advisory board Kellogg School Management Non-Profit Progressive, since 1997.
Member Expert Work Group Adoption 2002 Project, United States Department Health and Human Services.
Member of American Bar Association (founding co-chair Task Force on Children 1992-1996, advisory committee Immigration Pro Bono Development and Bar Activation Progressive since 2001), Human Rights Watch (board member Children's Rights Project since 1995), Chicago Reporter (co-chair since 1997, board directors since 1999).
Married William Charles Ayers. 1 adopted child Chesa Jackson Gilbert Boudin children: Zayd Atheola, Malik Cochise.