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Practice Points »

A Short Primer on Objections

Stuart Israel gives at least five critical tips on objections that all advocates, including those working with children and youth, need to remember.


Dismantling the Sexual Abuse-to-Prison Pipeline

The Center for the Study of Social Policy has released a report on this important topic.

DOE Calls for Investing in Teachers, Not Prisons

A ten percent increase in high school graduation rates would reduce criminal arrest rates by about 20 percent.

Articles »

Representing Very Young Children

By Jeanine McKelvey

Discover how lawyers in different states and systems are providing zealous advocacy to some of the most vulnerable clients in dependency cases.

The Growth of the Family Defender Movement

By Richard Cozzola

ABA Center on Children and the Law Parent Attorney Conference outlines challenges families involved in child welfare cases face and how to respond.

Urban Educational Inequalities: Why the Growing Concern?

By Darryl Irizarry Jr.

Are these students being prepared for college or the penitentiary?

Sound Advice »

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

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)


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

By Frank Cervone

Lourdes Rosado interviews Frank Cervone, executive director of the Support Center for Child Advocates, about how the center has built a large support system for children by combining full-time advocates with pro bono attorneys. (18:21 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

Join us at an upcoming Roundtable on December 7 to discuss Current Trends in the OCR Complaint Process on School Disparities.


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.

Directory Updates

We are in the process of updating the ABA Directory of Children's Law Programs. Contact Committee Director Cathy Krebs if you have any updates.

Children's Rights Litigation Leadership


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Ira Lustbader

New York, NY

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Washington, D.C.

Brent Pattison

Des Moines, IA

Catherine Krebs

Washington, D.C.

Marlene Sallo

Washington, D.C.

Jen Baum

New York, NY