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2017 Award Winners

Friday, July 28, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Daniel Trujillo
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The National Association of Counsel for Children is pleased to announce this winners of this years’ Outstanding Legal Advocacy Awards.  NACC received numerous nominations this year, which is a tribute to the work that so many of you are doing in the field to champion the rights of children and families every day. 
Outstanding Legal Advocate:  Jill Johnson
Jill Johnson is the Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division of the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indiana.  Ms. Johnson is a tireless advocate for children.  In addition to supervising a staff and handling a caseload of her own, Ms. Johnson engages is system reform by serving on the Dual Status Youth Initiative, the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, the Annie E. Casey Deep End Reform Initiative.  Moreover, Ms. Johnson has also been successful achieving significant legislative reform in Indiana to protect the rights of children and youth and improve access to high quality representation.  As her colleagues report, Jill “pushes all of us to be better attorneys every day.”  Please join the NACC in congratulating and honoring Ms. Johnson for her work and commitment to high quality legal representation for children, as well as system reform.
Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award:  Jane Hogan
Jane Hogan is currently in private practice representing children and parents.  She is also a staff attorney with the LSU Parole and Re-Entry Clinic.  In her short career, Ms. Hogan has distinguished herself as a fierce advocate for her clients.  She has successfully argued more appeals on behalf of children and parents in Louisiana than many attorneys who have practiced for years.  As one of her supervisors said: “From the very beginning, I saw in Jane an unwavering refusal to accept the injustices that befall our vulnerable juvenile clients in a flawed and under-resourced system.”  Please join the NACC in congratulating and honoring Ms. Hogan for her outstanding legal advocacy on behalf of children and parents in Louisiana.
NACC is pleased to honor Jill and Jane with these awards at the Annual Luncheon at the 40th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference.

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