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Civility Promise: The NACC CWLS Excellence in Legal Advocacy Scholarship
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NACC & Robert’s Fund Scholarship Program

Program Overview

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, April 29-May 7, 2017. 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 in Hotel Scilla for 8-nights, seminar meals, and the additional three afternoon excursions (over $5000 value). It does not include travel insurance, optional tastings, or the cost of any meals that are not included in the regular seminar schedule. Participants earn 30 CLE/CJE credits.


The scholarship program is open only to CWLS. Completed applications, including letters of reference, are due no later than July 15, 2016.


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. Download the Commitment to Present and Write form here.

  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. Scanned/electronic copies are preferred.

Selection Criteria

CWLS will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Applicant advances the field of children and the law utilizing the CWLS credential and stands out among his or her peers as an exemplary attorney for children, parents, or the agency.

  2. Applicant exhibits excellent litigation abilities as evidenced by 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, parents, or the agency 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 July 15, 2016

Email completed application to

Applications must be emailed no later than July 15, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Winner will be announced August 1, 2016.
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