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Practice Points »

Michigan Court Rules on Obligation to Address a Parent's Known Disabilities

Landmark decision reverses termination of parental rights.


Study on Racial Disparities in Youth Commitments and Arrests Released

The Sentencing Project conducted their research from 2003–2013.


National Network for Youth Generates Study on Effective Practices to End Youth Homelessness

The report also emphasizes efforts to support those who are already homeless.

Articles »

Improving Care for Foster Children

By Shannon Hernández

Some of the biggest challenges to caregivers and corresponding suggestions for improvement.


Teaming Up for Homeless Youth

By Dieter Schmitz and Jaclyn Pampel

A resource to answer the wide range of legal questions faced by homeless youth.

A New Resource—Representing Parents in Child Welfare Cases: Advice and Guidance for Family Defenders

By Mimi Laver

The perspective and knowledge parents' lawyers need to provide their clients with excellent representation.

Sound Advice »

audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part VI

By Ira lustbader and Tami Steckler

In Part VI of our series, Ira Lustbader interviews longtime child rights advocate Tami Steckler on how her office works and how it continues to thrive. (19:14 min)


audio Starting and building a Children’s Legal Service Practice—Fundraising, Part V

By Shari Shink

In the next installment in the series, listen as Lourdes Rosado interviews long-time child rights advocate Shari Shink as she reflects on raising money and you may be surprised where she suggests focusing your efforts. (16:43 min)


audio Starting and Building a Children's Legal Services Practice, Part IV

By Jay McManus

Listen as Tiffany Friend interviews Jay McManus, the Executive Director of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts, about the history of his organization and the lessons he's learned through the years. (11:52 min)


Roundtables »

audio Addressing Compassion Fatigue: An Ethical Mandate

Working with clients in trauma can impact lawyers, both personally and professionally. Speakers focus on preventative and responsive strategies for solo practitioners, agency lawyers, and leaders who manage child lawyers, as well as the ethical implications of compassion fatigue on child representation. (01:28:39)


audio Representing Very Young Children: What does Zealous Advocacy Look Like?

Providing legal representation to very young children (0–5 yrs) in dependency cases presents unique challenges. Panelists address questions by discussing what lawyers in different states and systems are actually doing to provide zealous advocacy to some of our most vulnerable clients in juvenile court.  (02:29:29)


audio Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth Alone in the Courts

The number of unaccompanied immigrant youth who arrive with no adult at our borders is skyrocketing with approximately 24,000 youth detained in 2012, more than three times the number of youth detained in 2008. These children have no right to a lawyer. (00:59:14)


Announcements »

Educational Civil Rights Accountability Project

The Educational Civil Rights Accountability Project has a new website which was created to provide education, training and tools to civil rights, legal aid, and pro bono attorneys around issues related to the school to prison pipeline, and disparate outcomes in education. 


International Summit on the Legal Needs of Street Youth

The summit was held on June 16–17, 2015, in London, England. Read more.

Juvenile Records Model Act

Resolution 103A was presented to and adopted by the House of Delegates in August.

ABA Directory of Children's Law Programs

The committee maintains an ABA Directory of Children's Law Programs which is a state by state listing of children’s law centers, clinics and resources centers around the country. Please contact Committee Director Cathy Krebs if you have any updates or changes for the Directory.

Children's Rights Litigation Leadership


Committee Cochairs

Committee Director/
Newsletter Editor


Web Editors

Ira Lustbader

New York, NY

Marlene Sallo

Washington, D.C.

Brent Pattison

Des Moines, IA

Catherine Krebs

Washington, D.C.


Marlene Sallo

Washington, D.C.

Jen Baum

New York, NY