UW School of Law

Fostering Justice: Third National Conference on the Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children
UW School of Law - William H. Gates Hall

Registration is now closed, however limited space is still available.  Please email jdick8@uw.edu to inquire about late registration.  


This invitation only symposium is the third national conference focused on a child’s right to counsel in abuse and neglect cases.  The first conference Raising our Hands: Creating a National Strategy for Children’s Right to Education and Counsel (Northwestern University School of Law, 2009), was the first gathering of national experts designed to advance the critical issue of a human right to counsel for children.  The second conference Improving Outcomes for Children (Nova Southeastern University Law Center, 2012) focused on designing strategies for implementing the ABA Model Act on Representing Children in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Proceedings as well as discussing the advancement of a right to quality counsel for children in abuse and neglect cases. The Nova Law Review published a symposium edition in conjunction with the event.

In order to advance this conversation and build on the first two national conferences, Fostering Justiceis utilizing a unique format that invites dialogue and brainstorming from each attendee.  At the end of the day we hope that as a community we will have built consensus around the things lawyers do that result in better outcomes for children, the outcomes that past studies have already demonstrated and what studies are still needed.  One of our dynamic sessions will also result in group-wide consensus around messaging:  how do we best convey the importance of quality lawyers for children to various audiences?  Additionally, there will be an overview of litigation and legislation around the country, as well as an opportunity to brainstorm and share strategies on both topics.  Our hope and expectation is that every invitee will actively engage and participate in each session.  The work during the day will lead to post-symposium materials focused on advancing the issue.

Hotel Information:

A room block has been set up at Hotel Deca.  To reserve your room, enter the code “Justice” into the “Enter Group/Negotiated Code” box section.  Alternatively, you can call the hotel at 206.658.2391.  Please alert the hotel staff that you are attending "Fostering Justice, a Child's Right to Counsel" to reserve over the phone.  Please book your room by May 21, 2013 to receive the special, discounted rate of $149/night; parking is included at the hotel. The group rate is only available on June 20 & 21. Hotel Deca is a short four block walk to William H. Gates Hall. 

Other hotels within walking distance to the law school include University Inn and Watertown Hotel. Silver Cloud Inn is in the University District neighborhood; although not walking distance to the law school, it is less than a block away from two bus lines that comes directly to the university (372 & 68, more information at King County Metro).

Agenda: (Updated 6/10/13)

7:15—8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:00—8:10 a.m.                 Welcome and Introduction

Ron Marmer, Jenner and Block and Immediate Past Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation

8:10 – 8:40 a.m.                 Overview of Right to Counsel   

Goal:     Ensure that everyone has the same information and is using the same language so that we can more forward together through the course of the day.  Brief overview of highlights from around the country (5 min)

Format:  “Whip shares” – a series of 5 minute presentations to inspire and educate us: 
- Judge Downing, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles;
- Mikayla Milam (foster youth);
- Janiece Jacksoa (caregiver);
- Cathy Krebs, Committee Director, ABA Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee

8:40—10:10 a.m.              Moving the Ball Forward on Outcomes

Goal:  Build consensus on the things that lawyers do that make better outcomes and identify where how to move forward.  What studies are still needed?

1) Opening interview for background (15 minutes)
John Walsh, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County interviewing
Clark Peters, University of Missouri School of Social Work and Truman School of Public Affairs

2) Conversing in Rapid-Cycles:  Self-Reflection; Pairs; Small Group; Whole Group (75 minutes)
Timothy M. Jaasko-Fisher, Director of the Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) at the University of Washington, School of Law’s Child and Youth Advocacy Clinic 

10:10—10:20 a.m.            Break

10:20—11:50 a.m.            Litigation

Goals:  Provide an overview of litigation around the country and provide an opportunity to share strategies among all attendees.

1) Mock appellate argument (10-15 min):
- Casey Trupin, Columbia Legal Services
- Mike Dale, Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center

2) Panel with opportunity for audience-wide discussion (75 – 80 min): 
Moderator:  Bruce Boyer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Casey Trupin, Columbia Legal Services;
- Ira Lustbader, Children’s Rights, Inc.;
- Trenny Stovall, DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center

12:10—1:00 p.m.              Lunch (boxed lunches provided)

Format:  Highlighting myths around lawyers for kids and inviting feedback and discussion from the audience on each myth. 

Moderator:  Leslie Heimov, Children’s Law Center of California

1:00—2:30 p.m.                Legislation Strategies

Goals:  Provide an overview of what is going on in terms of legislation and court rules around the country both in terms of state (including county) and federal advocacy.  Provide an opportunity to share strategies and brainstorm among all attendees.


1) Opening panel (45 minutes)

Moderator:  Erin Lovell, Legal Counsel for Youth and Children

- Amy Harfeld, Children's Advocacy Institute;
- Tami Steckler, Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society in New York City;

- WA State Representative Roger Freeman

2) Breakout discussion groups by topic (45 minutes):


Federal (Room 117)

Moderator:  Christina Riehl, Children’s Advocacy Institute


State and County code (Room 119)
Moderator:  Willie Lovett, Fulton County Child Attorney’s Office


Court rule and county/jurisdiction (Room 127)
Moderator:  Judge William D. Acey


Open Discussion (Room 138)
Moderator:  Brent Pattison, Middleton Children’s Rights Center at Drake University Law School


2:30—2:45 p.m.                Break

2:45—3:40 p.m.                Effective messaging (Library Level L1)

Goals:  Identify the strongest messages about why lawyers for kids are so essential by audience (for example, what are the strongest arguments for judges?  For members of the public?)

Format:  World Café model (1 hour) –
Introduction: Shannon Prown, Navigant Consulting

3:40 – 3:50pm                    Break

3:50 – 4:20pm                    Promoting the Message (Room 138)                                      

Goals: How do we best promote the message, utilizing social media and other      tools?

- Brian Robick, Director of Information Technology and Online Communications and Senior Policy Strategist, ACLU of Washington;
- John Flodin, Marketing and Communications Manager, ACLU of Washington

4:15—5:00 p.m.                Where Do We Go From Here?

Broadening stakeholders for a right to counsel (15 minutes)
- Shannon Prown, Navigant Consulting;
- Michael Piraino, National CASA

                                                Report from youth parallel symposium (15 min)

Summary of the day and moving forward (15 minutes)
Angela Vigil, Baker & McKenzie

5:00—6:30 p.m.                Reception (Room 115)


Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UW School of Law
4293 Memorial Way
Seattle, WA 98195

Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UW School of Law
4293 Memorial Way
Seattle, WA 98195

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