Note: This is not for CLE.
The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.
Children’s law is a relatively new area of the law. It encompasses a variety of substantive areas including juvenile justice, child welfare, immigration, education and more. The legal representation of children in juvenile justice matters really began with the U.S. Supreme Court case In re Gault (1967) which for the first time recognized a child’s right to counsel in delinquency proceedings. Juvenile justice cases involve a youth who is being charged with what would be considered a crime if they were an adult. Jurisdictions vary in how they provide representation to youth, with some utilizing a public defender model while others contract outside lawyers to provide representation. Our speakers share with you their career paths, provide invaluable insight on how to break into this area, what drew them to it, the pros and cons, and what a typical day in for a juvenile defense attorney entails.
M. Currey Cook, Counsel and Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project Director, Lambda Legal, New York, NY
Carrie Gilbert, Youth Reentry Staff Attorney, Children’s Law Center, Covington, KY
Samorn Selim, Founder and Creative Joy Director of Career Unicorns; ABA Career Center Board Member