Friday, February 23, 2007

Conference Announcement: Promoting Children's Interests: Preparation, Practice & Policy Reform

REGISTER NOW FOR THE FIRST-EVER JOINT HARVARD LAW SCHOOL (HLS) -- AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (ABA) CONFERENCE

Harvard Law School's new Child Advocacy Program (CAP), together with the ABA Center on Children and the Law (CCL), are co-sponsoring a conference this April 13-15, at HLS:  "Promoting Children's Interests: Preparation, Practice & Policy Reform"

REGISTRATION: Register for the conference at: <http://www.abanet.org/child/>

We recommend that you register for the conference SOON to ensure you gain admission, and also that you book your hotel rooms soon (we have a limited hotel block and the conference is being held on the weekend preceding the very popular April 16 Boston Marathon).

CONFERENCE PROGRAM:
This conference is designed to build upon and significantly expand the National Conference on Children and Law which CCL has put on in past years.  The program is targeted to a broad audience including those from the worlds of practice, policy reform, and academia.  The conference should be of interest to all law teachers in the family and child law areas.  For an excerpted version of the agenda which highlights some of the sessions, and associated presenters, most relevant to the law school community, see: <http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/cap/conference/capschedule.php>

We would especially like to draw your attention to two workshop sessions on Friday (April 13) afternoon (A1 and B1) which are specially designed for law school faculty and administrators interested in expanding, modifying, or creating child law programs (including but not limited to clinics).  Our hope is to stimulate a productive conversation about the pros and cons of different models, as well as to generate new ideas about the form such programs might take.  We expect that this set of workshops, together with the rest of the conference offerings, will be useful for law schools with existing programs to consider ways in which we might modify or expand, and for law schools without such programs to consider whether they might want to start one, and if so which models look most promising.

LAW STUDENTS:  The conference should be of interest to all students interested in child law, welfare, and policy issues.  We are WAIVING the conference fee for students.  However, all students must REGISTER for the conference, including the specific sessions they will be attending, to gain admission.  There is a special section on the on-line registration form where students can note their status and bypass the payment section.

AREAS COVERED: Child welfare issues will be the focus (e.g., abuse and neglect, adoption, foster care) with some sessions on education, juvenile justice, youth at risk, and related family law issues.

To register: <http://www.abanet.org/child/>

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