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Pre-Conference: Children's Law Office Convening
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 Export to Your Calendar 8/23/2020
When: Sunday, August 23rd
11:45 AM
Where: The Safety of your Home or Office
United States

Online registration is available until: 8/22/2020
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This Year's Convening


NACC’s Children’s Law Office Convening is designed for leaders and senior managers of children’s law offices and agencies to provide a forum for learning and professional exchange.


Registration Rates

  • free NACC Organizational Members
  • $25 Child Welfare Law Specialists
  • $25 NACC Individual Members
  • $50 Non-members

Individuals can register online or use this Individual Registration Form, and Groups can register using the Group Registration Form


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Attendees can participate in every session live, plus recordings of the sessions will be available to watch on the conference app and platform for a full year.


2020 Child Law Office Convening Agenda: 


11:45am ET: Introductory Remarks


12:00-1:15pm ET: Engaging & Empowering Youth Involved in Child Welfare Proceedings



  • Chris Henderson, JD, Office of the Child’s Representative, Denver, CO
  • Cara Nord, JD, Office of the Child’s Representative, Denver, CO
  • Tori Shuler, Fostering Great Ideas, Denver, CO

Colorado’s Office of the Child’s Representative (OCR) Engaging & Empowering Youth Program aims to provide children a voice in legal systems through effective attorney services and advocacy and ensure that children’s voices and interests are paramount in the development of policy, law, and practice. Over the years, OCR has implemented several initiatives to promote child/youth voice inside the courtroom and in other forums, support attorneys and judicial officers in maximizing child/youth participation in court, and hear directly from children and youth in its evaluations of attorney performance.During this session, participants and OCR representatives will share their ideas/systems for collecting and responding to data addressing youth involvement in child welfare proceedings, attorney in-court statements regarding youth wishes and/or best interests, court interaction with youth, and youth feedback regarding global policy issues as well as their specific experiences.Session participants and OCR representatives will also share their innovative efforts to increase youth awareness of/involvement in their child welfare cases.


1:30-2:45pm ET: The Power of a Diverse Professional Workforce



  • Tanya Asim Cooper, JD, CWLS, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, Malibu, CA
  • Hon. Carlyn Hicks, CWLS, Hinds County Court, Jackson, MS

In 2020, is the issue of diversity still relevant to the child welfare workforce? What is the value in focusing on diversity in the profession and how do we achieve meaningful diversity in the profession? What role does bias play in active and passive diversity efforts? These questions and more will be discussed in depth, with strategies to help participants develop plans to achieve diversity in their practice. Participants will discuss challenges faced in their practice in attracting a diverse professional workforce and learn strategies to become more intentional in recruitment efforts to establish and maintain diversity. Presenters will focus on the importance of pipeline support from law school to profession, the impact of clinical programming on availability of talent pools for recruitment of child welfare professionals, and strategies to emphasize diversity as a strength in the provision of services for children and families.


3:00-4:30pm ET: Networking/Breakout Discussions


•  Budgets, Funding, and Fundraising

•  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

•  Youth Engagement 


 please email with ideas for topics!

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