Barton Child Law and Policy Center Newsletter
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Emory Law to Receive Child Advocacy Award
Next Child Welfare Legal Academy November 18
Registration Open for 2011 Youth Law Conference
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Emory Law to Be Honored With Child Advocacy Award


For the fifth year in a row, the nonprofit organization Voices for Georgia's Children (Voices) will recognize the state's top child advocates at its Big Voice for Children Awards dinner, taking place on Friday, November 18 at the Four Seasons hotel in Atlanta.


Among Voices' honorees is Emory University School of Law, home to the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. Voices says they chose to honor Emory Law because "the Barton Center has for more than 10 years been a strong advocate at the state capitol for abused, neglected and court-involved children. In addition, the Center has trained many law students for careers in child policy and advocacy, which is exemplified by the fact that Governor Deal has appointed lawyers associated with Emory Law as leaders of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. The commitment of Emory Law to the Barton Center demonstrates its priority for investing in the future of the state's most vulnerable children, all while creating outstanding and unique clinical opportunities for law students."  


The law school is among a distinguished group of past and present Big Voice honorees with outstanding accomplishments in child advocacy. This November 18, Dean Robert Schapiro, on behalf of Emory Law, will share the stage with:  


For those who wish to celebrate Emory Law's achievements, consider purchasing individual tickets to the Big Voice awards dinner, becoming a corporate event sponsor, or making a contribution to Voices. Donors who give $250+ will be recognized in the 2011 Big Voice event program. For more information, please contact Voices at 404-521-0311 or



Next Child Welfare Legal Academy Scheduled for November 18, 2011


Concurrent Planning 


At the November 18th Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy, the Honorable Sandra Miller of Paulding County Juvenile Court will deliver a presentation designed to examine concurrent planning as a tool for balancing the needs and rights of the biological family with the child's need for timely permanency.  Federal and state law and agency policy support concurrent planning but the practice has not been widely or consistently implemented in Georgia.  The components and benefits of concurrent planning will be discussed to facilitate a greater understanding of this practice.


Online registration is strongly encouraged.  Details are available at:


We hope you can join us Friday, November 18, 2011, from 1:00-3:15 p.m for this informative training.





Registration Now Open for the Youth Law Conference


This year, the Youth Law Conference will be held on November 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Ravinia, at 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30346.  This conference has a wide range of great learning opportunites for all juvenile court practitioners in Georgia.  Scholarships are available if you apply by October 21.  For a full schedule, registration and scholarship information, visit the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children website.





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