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Podcast Series

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

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)


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

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)


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

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)


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

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)


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

In the second installment of the series, hear as Lourdes Rosado interviews Professor Don Duquette about his experiences starting and building the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan. (16:53 min)


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

In the first installment of the series, Lourdes Rosado and Bob Schwartz tackle the topic of staffing and putting together a multidisciplinary team. Listen each month for more advice on starting or expanding legal services for children. (13:24 min)



International Summit on the Legal Needs of Street Youth

This 2-minute video provides a glimpse into the ABA co-sponsored International Summit which was held June 16–17, 2015, in London, England. Thank you to Navigant Consulting for producing the video.



Lessons from Juvenile Clients

Listen as Professor Bent Pattison and current law student and former foster-care child Lori Bullock discuss three critiques of legal representation brought forth by young people who are in the child-welfare system. (7:56 min)



Training Juvenile Court Judges to Identify Trafficked Youth

Judge Gail Chang Bohr is a Minnesota Second Judicial District Judge in Ramsey County, MN. In this video she discusses why it is important for juvenile court judges to be able to identify whether the youth who appear before them are being trafficked. If you are interested in setting up a training for the juvenile court judges in your community please contact Cathy Krebs.



Hidden Victimization of Foster Children

In this short podcast, Ira Lustbader from Children's Rights, Inc describes how children in foster care are victimized by the very system designed to protect them—the foster care system. Despite the enormity of the challenges that foster children face, there is a lot that lawyers can do to fight for improvements in this critical system. The podcast concludes with an overview of the many ways that lawyers can get involved and make a difference for foster youth.



LGBT Youth at Risk

This program on LGBT Youth at Risk took place during the 2011 Section of Litigation Fall Leadership Meeting. To see how you can make a difference on this issue, check out the materials from this meeting on the Programs & Materials page.



The Projects of the Committee

The following one-minute videos describe different projects of the Children's Rights Litigation Committee and the ways that you can get involved in the work.

Children's Rights Litigation Committee Leader Casey Trupin discusses the committee's leadership on the national movement for a right to counsel for children in abuse and neglect cases and opportunities to get involved.

Children's Rights Litigation Committee Leader Franchesca Hamilton-Acker describes opportunities for involvement in the work of the committee.

Children's Rights Litigation Committee Leader Rosa Hirji discusses the committee's work on education issues, including the work to change the school-to-prison pipeline into a cradle-to-college pipeline.



Trying Children as Adults: Are We Doing it Right?

Watch as an Emmy-award-winning journalist moderates a lively discussion with two judges, the chief assistant state attorney for operations for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office; the chief assistant public defender for Miami-Dade County; a forensic clinical psychologist from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois; and a victim’s rights advocate. This interactive discussion took place in Miami, Florida, on April 15, 2011, in conjunction with the Section of Litigation’s Annual CLE Conference.


Training Manual

Counseling Children and Youth in Times of Crisis: Tips to Achieve Success and Avoid Pitfalls

This guide from the Section of Litigation’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee provides a multidisciplinary and practical approach to counseling child clients. This booklet contains tips on how to assess the developmental level of a client, build rapport with a client, use different strategies to effectively counsel a client, and minimize the impact of common challenges to counseling child clients.



What Lawyers Need to Know About Representing LGBTQ Youth

This program was offered at Cardozo Law School in April, 2010. Our expert panel focuses on providing lawyers with advocacy tools to successfully represent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth in a variety of settings.



Interviewing the Child Client

We're excited to announce that our training video, "Interviewing the Child Client: Approaches and Techniques for a Successful Interview," is now available online in its entirety! We hope it can be used for both individual viewing and for use at training sessions.



Plenary Sessions from Raising our Hands Summit

Interviewing Child Client (Video Still)On October 23, 2009, 200 lawyers gathered at Raising our Hands: Creating a National Strategy for a Child’s Right to Counsel and Education. To view the dynamic plenary sessions from the summit, click on the below links:



The School to Prison Pipeline: Is it a Human Rights violation?

At the summit on October 23, 2009, the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee sponsored an unprecedented event: a Socratic Dialogue—a forum that encompassed a round table discussion on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The dialogue used fundamental human rights principles to incite critical thinking about the ethics and policies surrounding education, school pushout, the criminalization of student behaviors, and the need to enshrine education as a human right.