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Civility Promise in Sovana, Tuscany, Italy
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Civility Promise in Sovana, Tuscany, Italy

NACC and Robert’s Fund will sponsor one Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) to attend Civility Promise, an eight-day continuing education program in Sovana, Italy, October 3-11, 2015. The seminar integrates lectures, discussions, and interactive exercises focusing on fostering civility in the legal profession. Read more about the seminar here. The NACC CWLS scholarship covers airfare, transportation to and from the Rome Airport, all the CLE programming, a single-occupancy standard room

10/3/2015 to 10/11/2015
When: 10/3/2015
Contact: Daniel Trujillo
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The scholarship program is open only to CWLS. Completed applications, including letters of reference, are due no later than June 1, 2015.


CWLS may apply by submitting the following directly to NACC:

  1. A one page Statement of Intent (SOI): The SOI should (a) identify the CWLS’s professional occupation and duties, (b) articulate their interest in attending Civility Promise, (c) communicate how they will employ the civility training in their practice, and (d) highlight specific legal advocacy, policy, or reform efforts the CWLS has engaged in to improve the quality of legal representation for children.

  2. A professional resume or curriculum vitae.

  3. A signed Commitment to Present and Write form: the selected CWLS is required to (a) draft a lead article for The Guardian, NACC’s monthly law journal; (b) draft a 500-700 word blog post for the NACC blog - Children, Families and the Law; and (c) participate as a co-presenter in an online webinar training entitled Civility in the Legal Profession. NACC will provide all logistical support required for the webinar.

  4. Three Letters of Reference: The letters should address the attorney’s excellence in legal advocacy, commitment to children and the law, and professionalism. References should speak to as many of the Selection Criteria as possible. Applicant should send references with the supporting application materials in signed, sealed envelopes with a signature over the envelope flap. References that do not meet this standard will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

CWLS will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Applicant has used his or her CWLS credential to advance the field of children and the law and stands out among his or her peers as an exemplary attorney for children.

  2. Applicant exhibits excellent litigation abilities as evidenced by applicant’s legal writing, legal analysis, or trial skills.

  3. Applicant exhibits a commitment to children’s rights through participation in policy efforts to support legislation that advances the rights of children or strengthens families.

  4. Applicant exhibits zealous advocacy by drafting and filing motions, writs, and appeals that advance the rights of his or her client.

  5. Applicant exhibits a commitment to improving the quality of legal representation of children by attending, developing, or delivering training courses on children and the law.

  6. Applicant is an active contributor to the NACC community as evidenced by written submissions to our monthly law journal, The Guardian; the NACC blog, Children, Families and the Law; or frequently interacting with NACC via social media.

  7. Applicant is a model of professionalism and has a reputation for honesty, integrity, and taking principled positions in the face of adversity while maintaining the poise expected of an officer of the court.

  8. Applicant’s certification status must be in good standing to be considered. Good standing is defined by:

    1. Applicant is up-to-date on all CWLS Annual Reporting requirements;

    2. Applicants has submitted a recertification application, if applicable;

    3. Applicant is not presently under disciplinary investigation by NACC.

Selection Process

NACC Certification Director will organize the Civility Promise Selection Committee (“committee”). The final recipient will be chosen from among the applicants according to a rubric-based evaluation. The committee’s decision is final.


Application Checklist – due by June 1, 2015

  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Commitment to Present and Write
  • Three Letters of Reference

Mail applications in hard copy to:


Daniel Trujillo
NACC Certification Director
National Association of Counsel for Children
13123 E. 16th Ave., B390
Aurora, CO 80045


Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.


Winner will be announced July 1, 2015.

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