Children's Justice Attorney Education Program

Children's Justice Attorney Education Program

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There is nothing juvenile about practicing law in juvenile court. The Children's Justice Attorney Education Fellowship Program acknowledges precisely how difficult this work is for even the most experienced practitioner. To be highly effective, you must be well versed in civil, criminal, and juvenile law. What's even more challenging is that understanding statutes and case law is not enough! Attorneys must have a deep understanding of the complex social and family dynamics often present in juvenile court cases including substance use, mental health disorders, trauma, and domestic violence. This job is tough, and we are here to help!

In 2021, the Children's Justice Attorney Education Fellowship Program was created to provide a holistic approach to educating and supporting attorneys in Nebraska rural communities. Over eight months, Children's Justice Fellows will learn how to be high quality advocates through extensive training, expert case consultation and reflective practice. This is not your traditional CLE, instead participants will see real meaningful change through consultation with experts and mentors. 

This program is intended to help attorneys become better advocates and thus, help the children and families they serve. Even better, attorneys will be paid for participation. Every Children's Justice Fellow will receive a stipend and travel expenses for their participation.

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