Children's Justice Attorney Education Program


Michelle Paxton holding boy's hand

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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Attorneys working in juvenile court have a tremendous impact on the outcomes for the children and families they serve. Our program’s unique approach supports fellows to be high quality advocates in their respective roles."

Michelle Paxton


The CJAE program increased my understanding of issues that are prevalent in juvenile cases and made me a stronger advocate for better outcomes.


Anna Brokaw


This fellowship provided me with tools to explore different ways of advocacy for children by allowing me access experts I would not have had otherwise.


Hayley Huyser


The program has really improved both my knowledge and confidence in juvenile law by giving me a judgement free place to ask questions and grow professionally, all while getting to know an amazing group of attorneys from across the state.

Amber Horn


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CJAE in the News

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Grant will expand access to attorneys in rural areas

Nebraska Today

The Children's Justice Attorney Education program will increase the availability and accessibility of court-appointed and juvenile county attorneys thanks to a grant from the Aviv Foundation…

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Children's Justice Attorney Education Program to help better serve rural children and families

Legal Aid of Nebraska

The shortage of attorneys in rural Nebraska creates barriers for individuals accessing and receiving crucial legal assistance — especially for children and families facing some of the most difficult of life challenges...

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New program aims to enhance child advocacy through Nebraska

Lincoln Journal Star

In the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Children's Justice Clinic has served Lancaster County's vulnerable child population in the justice system since 2017...