A recent report studied the cost of court fines and fees imposed on youth and their families.
A new report underscores the importance of legal representation for foster kids.
The new program allows youth with disabilities extra time to apply for SSI payments.
By Amanda M. Walsh
Free, accessible legal assistance as part of children's mental health treatment plans.
By Nicole Scialabba
Juveniles in solitary confinement are more likely to develop mental health problems.
By Shelley R. Spivack
Visual arts, theater, spoken-word poetry, and dance workshops for youth detained in one of the most distressed cities in our nation.
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)
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)
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)
Debtor's prison is thought to be a thing of the past, and yet there is a growing awareness that we continue to criminalize poverty in the United States. This program examines the issue of the criminalization of poverty and discusses ways that lawyers can address this problem on both an individual and systematic level. (01:33:45)
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)
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)
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.
The summit was held on June 16–17, 2015, in London, England. Read more.
Resolution 103A was presented to and adopted by the House of Delegates in August.
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.