Because the smallest voice in the courtroom should be the loudest.
Volunteer attorneys are crucial in providing children a voice in judicial proceedings. CLC holds several training sessions a year for attorneys, judges, social workers, and other child advocates. CLC recruits volunteer attorneys from local law firms and corporations as well as from individual practice. The purpose of the training is not only to educate child advocates about Minnesota laws that affect foster children, but also to provide guidance in giving quality representation and continuity in the representation of children. It is our goal that CLC’s pro bono attorneys become more knowledgeable about children’s issues in the child welfare and court system and are informed advocates for system reform.
CLC staff attorneys and youth resource manager provide training and ongoing support for volunteer attorneys. These attorneys are committed to providing foster children the information they need to make decisions about their lives, guidance through the systems, and empowerment to transition out of the system and become stable adults. For many of CLC’s clients, their attorney is the most stable and consistent person in their lives.
ON-DEMAND | “REPRESENTING YOUTH IN FOSTER CARE” – A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NEW VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS
This training program prepares attorneys to represent youth in foster care. As a lawyer for a child in foster care, you will represent your client in juvenile court, identify and obtain appropriate services, and negotiate settlements. When you decide to do pro bono work for CLC, CLC staff attorneys and social workers will strategize with you, provide information about resources for your client, and help you assess your client’s development and education needs.
ON-DEMAND TRAINING is now available. The program is approved for 3.5 CLE credits upon completion. Please email email@example.com to request a registration form.
To receive a notice of the next training and a registration form when they become available, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
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