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6/21/2013

Fostering Justice: Third National Conference on the Right to Counsel for Abused and Neglected Children

William H. Gates Hall

7:15 AM - 5:00 PM

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 Justice is 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.

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Washington Defender Association:Holistic Legal Practice-A Practical Approach

William H. Gates Hall

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Robin Steinberg, who founded the Bronx Defender Services, a public defender agency that is devoted to holistic practice and which handles the civil and criminal needs of their clients. Robin will speak about how her office’s commitment to providing inclusive and extensive services enriches her practice and improves the lives of her clients. At the end of the day, she will return to discuss the practicalities of incorporating holistic defense into your practice. Merf Ehman from Columbia Legal Services in Seattle will lead a group of legal service attorneys and public defenders from around the state in a conversation about how they have successfully incorporated holistic practice concepts into their practice. Anna Melbin of the Full Frame Initiative in Massachusetts, who will examine the importance of communicating effectively and ethically with your clients. She will provide a practical approach and useful tools to improve effective client communication by examining the role of social connectedness, stability, safety, mastery and meaningful access to relevant mainstream resources in communication.

Holistic Legal practice combines aggressive legal advocacy with a broader recognition that for most poor people arrested and charged with a crime, or facing a civil legal aid issue, the presenting case, whether civil or criminal, is not the only issue with which they struggle. The key insight of holistic legal practice is that to be truly effective advocates for our clients, we must broaden the scope of our work to include the consequences of criminal justice involvement as well as the underlying issues, both legal and non-legal, that have played a part in driving our clients into legal problems in the first place.

This year’s annual public defender and legal service conference focuses on holistic legal practice. It is designed to give you a practical way to incorporate holistic practice into your work. We will be joined by local and national practitioners who will talk about how they incorporate holistic practice into their day to day work and together, we will identify a broad spectrum of client needs and discuss how to find services and solutions to address those needs. By the end of this program we hope that you will have enhanced your ability to work effectively with other professionals who also deal with clients facing the challenges of substance abuse, mental health, disabilities, cultural differences and language barriers, and be able to walk away with practical tools to become a more efficient, ethical and compassionate practitioner.

This program is keynoted by Robin Steinberg, who founded the Bronx Defender Services, a public defender agency that is devoted to holistic practice and which handles the civil and criminal needs of their clients. Robin will speak about how her office’s commitment to providing inclusive and extensive services enriches her practice and improves the lives of her clients. At the end of the day, she will return to discuss the practicalities of incorporating holistic defense into your practice. Merf Ehman from Columbia Legal Services in Seattle will lead a group of legal service attorneys and public defenders from around the state in a conversation about how they have successfully incorporated holistic practice concepts into their practice.

We are also joined by Anna Melbin of the Full Frame Initiative in Massachusetts, who will examine the importance of communicating effectively and ethically with your clients. She will provide a practical approach and useful tools to improve effective client communication by examining the role of social connectedness, stability, safety, mastery and meaningful access to relevant mainstream resources in communication.
6.25 total credits
8:15-8:45 Registration and coffee
8:45-9:00 Introduction and Goals Michele Storms and Travis Stearns
9:00-10:00 Fighting the Causes and Consequences of Involvement in the Criminal Justice System Robin Steinberg
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:15 On the Ground Application: Practical and Realistic Approaches (Panel Discussion)
12:15-1:30 LUNCH (on your own)
1:30-2:45 Ethical Client Communication: The Five Domains of Well Being Anna Melbin
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-4:15 Making it Happen in Your World: Realistic Tools to Use Holistic Practice Now
4:15-5:00 Translating Theory into Practice:Nuts and Bolts Robin Steinberg

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