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Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

The NACC will present the Annual Outstanding Young Lawyer Award to a young lawyer who has been in practice for five years or less and who has made a significant contribution to the well being of children through legal representation or other advocacy efforts. Nominees’ accomplishments may include work in child welfare, juvenile justice, private custody and adoption or policy advocacy. The award will be given annually at the NACC’s National Conference.

The application form can be found here.

Submission deadline is June 1, 2014. 

Applications can be submitted via email to or by mail to:

NACC Awards Committee
13123 E 16th Avenue, Suite B390,
Aurora, CO 80045
Previous Outstanding Young Lawyer Award Recipient
Betsy Fordyce has more than eight years of experience working with children and families who struggle with issues of domestic violence, homelessness, abuse and neglect. She has a special interest in the educational needs of foster children and engaging in appellate advocacy. Ms. Fordyce’s professional background also includes working with Project Safe Guard, Gateway Battered Women’s Services, and a transitional housing program in Massachusetts as a children’s advocate.

Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award
Each year, the NACC recognizes excellence in the field of children's law through its sponsorship of the NACC Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award. Nominations for the award are solicited nationwide through professional journals, associations, and other organizations. The Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award is given to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to enhancing the well being of children through legal representation and other advocacy efforts. Nominees' accomplishments may include work in one or more of the following areas: legal protection and representation; training and education of children's advocates; promotion of legislative and policy changes designed to benefit children; and organization of related advocacy programs.  The award is presented each year and the NACC Children's Law Conference.  
Submission deadline is June 1, 2014. 
To apply for this award click here.
Previous Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award Recipient
  • Hon. Ana España - Prior to her appointment to the San Diego Superior Court in 2008, Judge España was a longtime dependency attorney in the San Diego Department of the Public Defender. As the Supervising Attorney for Child Dependency Section she was responsible for the original design and development of the child dependency section. Prior to taking on a supervisorial role, Judge España represented children in dependency and delinquency cases. She has written several articles and presented at numerous seminars, most recently focusing on education laws and outcomes pertaining to foster youth. Judge España is a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law. 

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