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NACC is thrilled to launch our 2019 Member Webinar Series!  


NACC Membership benefits now include access to live and recorded free one-hour webinars held every other month (alternating with publication of the The Guardian, NACC's expanded monthly law journal).  


Members:  Click here to view prior webinars at your leisure!


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NACC Webinar: The Intersection of Child Welfare and Civil Rights: A Conversation with the ACLU

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
1:00-2:30 pm Eastern

This session will begin with an overview of the ACLU’s work and structure, along with the various ways in which the ACLU partners with other organizations committed to social justice. Presenters will then discuss some of the intersections of child welfare practice and the ACLU’s advocacy around sacred constitutional protections, including those guaranteed by the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.


Jason D. Williamson is Deputy Director of the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, where he joined the organization as a staff attorney in January 2011.  Since arriving at the ACLU, Jason has served as a presenter or panelist at criminal justice-related conferences and convenings across the country, including the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislation Conference (2015), the American Bar Association’s Public Defense Summit (2017), the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law’s Reentry Conference (2017), and Howard University’s Global Perspectives on Police, Law, & Society (2018), and has guest lectured at New York University School of Law, University of Idaho School of Law, and William Paterson University (NJ).  Jason is regularly consulted by national media outlets on issues related to policing, public defense reform, and drug law reform, in particular.  


Jason focuses primarily on Fourth Amendment, police practices, and public defense reform litigation.  Prior to joining the ACLU, Jason worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, and served as a law clerk for Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. in the Eastern District of New York from 2007-2008.  He began his legal career in New Orleans, first as a staff attorney for the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, and later as a staff attorney and founding member of Juvenile Regional Services (now called the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights), which provides legal representation for indigent youth in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.  Jason also serves as an adjunct clinical professor at New York University School of Law. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University in 1998, and his J.D. from NYU Law in 2006.  Jason is a devout Rastafarian, committed husband, and proud father of twin daughters.    


Somil Trivedi is a Senior Staff Attorney in the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project, working closely with the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice. Since joining the ACLU, Somil has presented on criminal and prosecutorial reform topics nationwide, including to the National Bar Association, the Cato Institute, and Fair and Just Prosecution.  He has guest lectured at Columbia Law, Georgetown Law, and Howard Law schools, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Marshall Project, among others.


Somil’s work integrates novel lawsuits with legislative, advocacy, and voter education efforts to change incentives for prosecutors and law enforcement to reduce mass incarceration and challenge racism in the criminal law system. Somil was previously a trial attorney at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section and before that worked in criminal and regulatory defense. He was also previously chair of the young lawyer’s advisory board for the Brooklyn Family Defense Practice.


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NACC Webinar: Child Welfare Year in Review

Monday December 9, 2019

1:00-2:30 PM EST


2019 was a busy and exciting year for child welfare law practitioners. Join this webinar to hear about the new statutes, case law, and policy changes that left their mark on the field. This webinar will be foundational for strong advocacy in the year ahead!


Webinar Presenters

Steven Olender

Steven Olender is a Senior Policy Associate at the Children’s Defense Fund, focusing on child welfare reform and trauma response. Steven co-leads the Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition. He holds a Master in Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Allison Green

Allison Green is is the Legal Director for National Association of Counsel for Children. 


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NACC Webinar: What do Foster Youth Want From Their Lawyer? Research Findings on Youth Perspectives

Formerly Tuesday October 8, 2019

1:00-2:30 PM EST



Nationwide, high-quality legal representation for children is in the spotlight. Yet most policy conversations focus on how professionals envision the legal advocate’s work.  How do foster youth define effective representation? How does current empirical research of their perspectives shape our work?  


This interactive webinar will synthesize several new studies examining stakeholder (e.g., foster youth, foster parent, child welfare workers, attorney guardian ad litems) perspectives about the quality of legal representation for youth in care. After a brief overview of extant research and policies, the presenters will share findings from recently published research and discuss emerging conceptual models for effective legal representation, from the perspective of foster youth.


Participants who join this webinar will (a) gain an appreciation for the involvement of key stakeholders  to understanding effective legal representation; (b) understand newly published research findings and their application to developing high-quality children’s representation models; and, (c) examine areas for future inquiry and development related to legal practices with foster youth.


Webinar Presenters


Jay Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Jay Miller is the Dean, Director of the Self-Care Lab, and
Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Jay is dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach, a passion which he brings to his work as an educator and scholar. Jay has published a number of books and juried articles. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare and youth involvement in juvenile systems. Jay is actively involved in a host of community endeavors and has served as the Chairperson of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Board of Social Work, and Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, among others. Jay is a past recipient of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Paul Grannis Award, is a 2014 inductee into the College of Health and Human Services Hall of Fame at Western Kentucky University, and recently had his research recognized via an award from the Children’s Bureau. Jay was a Cohort Two Doris Duke Fellow (Doris Duke Foundation and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago) and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville. Last but not least, Jay is a proud foster and kin care alum!


Jessica Donohue-Dioh, MSW, Ph.D.
Dr. Jessica Donohue-Dioh is an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. She is committed to social work’s role in addressing social justice and human rights. Jessica is passionate about teaching and also maintains a research agenda focusing on the prevention of human trafficking, as well as partnerships in research addressing youth in foster care and their legal representation and self-care of helping professionals domestically and abroad. Dr. D. is mindful to place emphasis on the inclusion of participant voices, be it youth in foster care or survivors of human trafficking. She maintains a critical focus on participants’ recommendations and influence throughout her research, publications, and future collaboration. Jessica has worked in a variety of professional capacities including medical social work, mental health, community organizing, training, education, group work, program development, and is currently focused on teaching, research and advocacy.  Dr. Donohue-Dioh has worked with local communities as well as federal offices, including the Department of State. Most importantly, Jessica is a committed parent of two fantastic children. Jessica and her family enjoy traveling, playing board games, watching movies and a variety of outdoor activities. 


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Family Separation at the Border: Updates from the Front Lines and What You Can Do About It!

August 2019: This webinar explains the government’s practice of family separation over the last two years, including the formal policy of “zero tolerance” that led to thousands of separations and the nearly 1,000 separations that have occurred since a court ordered an end to separations.  Presenters focus attention on strategies for pursuing reunification of families, protecting their legal rights, and the role of independent Child Advocates in their cases.




Vanessa Pineda is the Managing Attorney in the Phoenix office of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Prior to joining the Young Center, Vanessa was the Pro-Bono Coordinator and Senior Staff Attorney at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Phoenix, Arizona. At FIRRP, Vanessa represented detained and released children before the Phoenix Immigration Court and Maricopa County Juvenile Court. In addition, she mentored pro-bono attorneys handling children’s cases. Following law school, Vanessa was an Associate at Tapia-Ruano & Gunn, P.C., in Chicago, Illinois, where she practiced removal defense and family-based immigration law. Vanessa obtained her Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law, and her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Arizona.


Miriam Abaya is a Policy Associate for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Prior to joining the Young Center, Miriam was a Law & Public Policy Fellow with the Temple University’s Law & Public Policy Program, where she conducted research on international justice outreach on the African continent. Miriam also worked part-time for the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, where she supported a project on victim participation in the Central African Republic’s Special Criminal Court. Miriam received a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Music from Haverford College. She is admitted to practice law in New York. 

Moderated by Kim Dvorchak, JD, Executive Director of NACC

Children's Right to Counsel: Statutory Reform, Litigation, Delivery Systems

Amy Harfeld, JD, National Policy Director & Senior Staff Attorney, Children's Advocacy Institute

Bob Fellmeth, JD, Executive Director, Children's Advocacy Institute

Kim Dvorchak, JD, Executive Director, National Association of Counsel for Children


July 2019: This webinar reviews children's right to counsel in the context of state statutes, federal law, litigation, and delivery system development.  The webinar will include an overview of the newly released Children's Advocacy Institute and First Star's National Report Card on Legal Representation for Abused and Neglected Children, 4th Editionreview the status of the reauthorization of the Child Abuse Treatment and Prevention Act (CAPTA) as it pertains to children's representation, as well as discuss resources from the QIC-ChildRep Center to inform legal delivery system development in the context of Title IV-E funding.


A Courtroom Advocate’s Guide to the Family First Galaxy


Allison Green, JD, CWLS, Special Counsel, National Association of Counsel for Children

Stefanie Sprow, JD, Deputy Director of Child Welfare & Mental Health, Children's Defense Fund


JUNE 2019: This webinar provides an overview of key components of the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act, the most sweeping piece of federal child welfare legislation in decades. Attendees will learn how to translate the law’s mandates into daily courtroom advocacy and legal innovation. Specifically, the session will focus on advocacy tips applied to each stage of a child welfare case: pre-petition, initial hearings, placement decisions, services and permanency pathways. Participants will gain increased confidence and urgency to leverage the language and the spirit of Family First on behalf of the children, parents and caregivers they represent. 


Title IV-E Funding for Legal Representation 

Gerry Glynn, Chief Legal Counsel, Embrace Families

Erin Lovell, Executive Director, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children

Tom Rawlings, Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services


APRIL 2019: The Federal Government recently expanded how the states can receive reimbursement for foster care related expenses to include reimbursement for funds spent providing legal representation to children and parents in child welfare proceedings.  This session will explain the federal funding scheme and how states can use these funds before and during child welfare cases to provide quality legal representation to children and parents.  The presenters will also provide practical steps for participants, encouraging everyone to think big and to help their states maximize their funding under this new scheme. 


Active Efforts and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)


Judge Len Edwards, California 

Vida Castaneda, Senior Analyst, Tribal/State Programs, California Judicial Counsel


FEBRUARY 2019: This webinar addressed the meaning of Active Efforts as contained in the ICWA, discussing appellate case law describing Active Efforts, comparing Active Efforts to Reasonable Efforts, and suggesting how attorneys should argue the active efforts requirement in court. 


Child Welfare and Poverty


Diane Redleaf, Author & Advocate, Family Defense Consulting

Ruth White, Executive Director, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare

OCTOBER 2018: The child protection system is supposed to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote their health and well-being.  But that system tends to confuse poverty with genuine neglect, impoverishing the families who are the targets of its intervention in the process and causing deterioration in children’s stability and prospects for self-sufficiency. This discussion, with housing and child welfare advocates and academics working in the child welfare and poverty law arenas in the US, will focus on the many respects in which the child protection system contributes to child and family poverty. Topics will include: how child protection systems misidentify and mistreat poverty; how race, national origin, and class bias intensify the maltreatment of families; how child abuse registers operate as employment blacklists in the low-income work force; economic security issues facing children aging out of foster care; and how policies that criminalize poverty operate unchecked in child protection systems in the US.


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