Barton Child Law and Policy Center
The Barton Child Law and Policy Center promotes and protects the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems. The Center's work is directed by Emory Law faculty and performed by law and other graduate students who participate in reform initiatives and holistic client representation by conducting research; advocating for individual clients; writing articles, policy papers, and other informational materials; and analyzing and drafting legislation and policy directives.
News from the Barton Center
Child Welfare Legal Academy
We're back! We begin a 2-part CWLA Trial Skills series on Friday, May 13, 2016, from 1:30-3:30 pm at Emory Law School. Details and online registration can be found at tinyurl.com/introtrialskills1. Gerald Bruce and Richard Highsmith will address basic evidentiary principles needed for competency in child welfare cases in juvenile court. Other topics include re-introduction to evidence, recording and introducing evidence, objections practice, judicial notice, and aspects of hearsay.
Save the date for the second installment of this series on Friday, June 10, 2016. Updated information will be posted here and will also be forthcoming in our digital newsletter.
Representing the Whole Child manual
Click on Representing the Whole Child: A Georgia Juvenile Defender Training Manual to view the second edition that is now available in pdf format. It will also be posted on our Publications page soon.
Robin Nash Fellowship and Barton-ABA Fellowships
The application period is now closed, and we now move to the next phase in identifying candidates for each fellowship position.
HR 4980 Preventing Sex Trafficking becomes law
On September 30, 2014, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act into law. In addition to many new requirements to combat sex trafficking, this bill makes significant changes to our child welfare law. It includes new mandates for government regarding "runaways," new mandated "normalcy" provisions, restrictions on the use of APPLA for children under 16, and new rights for children in foster care. A summary being prepared by the ABA to explain what this new federal law means for the states will soon be available at www.childlawpractice.org.
Child Welfare Legal Academy presentation videos are back online!
Thank you for your patience as Emory School of Law transitioned to a new website. Our most recent Child Welfare Legal Academy presentations and juvenile code revision presentations are now available. Please visit and bookmark the Barton Center's "Presentations" page on the Emory Law website.
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