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Recent Practice Points

Five Resources for Lawyers Representing Transition Aged Youth

By Cathy Krebs – January 22, 2021 | Some tips and resources to help you prepare your client to age out of the child welfare system.

Five Things Child Clients Need to Know About Sex Offender Registration Laws

By Riya Saha Shah – August 27, 2020 | Attorneys for children must ensure their clients are fully informed of the consequences and requirements of registering as a sex offender.

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Articles

Preserving Families Through High-Quality Pre-Petition Representation

By Amber Gilson and Michelle Jungers – March 4, 2021 | Iowa Legal Aid’s Parent Representation Project has provided extended representation and services to nearly 300 clients, keeping a total of 468 children out of the juvenile court system.

Juvenile Expungement: Running a Court-Based Help Desk During a Pandemic

By Natanya M. Pope – March 4, 2021 | Foot traffic from within the Juvenile Center and proximity to its partners fueled a momentum that resulted in more people visiting the Juvenile Expungement Help Desk. That momentum was abruptly interrupted on March 17, 2020.

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Sound Advice Podcasts

Zealous Lawyers for Children: An Essential Part of the Child Welfare System

By Leslie Heimov | Leslie Heimov discusses why legal representation for children (and parents!) is essential within a child welfare system and how good representation helps a judge determine what is in the best interest of the child. (8:24 min)

Experts of Their Own Lives: Childrens' Participation in the Courtroom

By Erik Pitchal | Judge Erik Pitchal shares lessons he has learned about treating children as experts of their own lives and including them in court proceedings. (7:48 min)

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Children's Rights Litigation

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