Fostering Justice: Third National Conference on the Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children
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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.
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
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:
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?
in Rapid-Cycles: Self-Reflection; Pairs;
Small Group; Whole Group (75 minutes)
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.
2) Panel with opportunity for audience-wide discussion (75 –
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.
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
- WA State Representative Roger Freeman
Federal (Room 117)
Moderator: Christina Riehl, Children’s Advocacy Institute
State and County code (Room 119)
Court rule and county/jurisdiction
Open Discussion (Room 138)
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) –
3:40 – 3:50pm Break
3:50 – 4:20pm Promoting the Message (Room 138)
How do we best promote the message, utilizing social media and other tools?
4:15—5:00 p.m. Where Do We Go From Here?
Broadening stakeholders for a right to counsel (15 minutes)
Report from youth parallel symposium (15 min)
Summary of the day and moving forward (15 minutes)
5:00—6:30 p.m. Reception (Room 115)