The Child’s Advocate: At the Intersection of Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare and Education

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It’s time to register for the annual Juvenile Justice & Children’s Rights Section (JJCR) CLE program! Our 2024 program, “The Child’s Advocate: At the Intersection of Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare and Education,” will address the interplay of multiple systems that impact children and families who are involved in the court system, including juvenile justice, child welfare, and education. Research shows that approximately 90% of foster youth with five or more placements will enter the juvenile justice system. Not surprisingly, these vulnerable youth also experience a disproportionate rate of school discipline, mental health needs, and special education services.  If you are an attorney or legal professional working with this population, this CLE is for you!

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The CLE will take place as a live webcast on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 12:15-4:10 p.m.  The program will include three sessions, featuring: (1) a panel discussion of recent legislation in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, and education; (2) a presentation on compassion fatigue resulting from the representation of a juvenile client; and (3) a judge’s panel on the challenges of representing youth who are impacted by the intersection of the juvenile justice, child welfare, and education systems. Participants will hear from a very diverse and highly experienced group of attorneys and judges from throughout the State of North Carolina, including Durham, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Orange, and Wake Counties. For more details about the program and to see the full agenda, please visit the CLE registration website.

Register early to take advantage of the discounted rate for JJCR Section members! The early bird rate is available now through February 22, 2024 (only $135 for JJCR Section members or $145 for other NCBA members). Don’t miss the opportunity to earn 3.5 MCLE hours, including 1 hour of substance abuse/mental health at this low rate!

*Please note that if you are a North Carolina State Bar certified specialist, this program also qualifies for Child Welfare Law and Juvenile Delinquency Law Specialization credit.