Children's Rights Litigation

What You Should Know to Become a Better Lawyer

Knowing how busy children’s lawyers are, the Children's Rights Litigation Committee has curated some of their Practice Points into a short series to give you bite-sized, but critical, information to help you in your practice. To look through our entire archive of Practice Points, click here.

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. 

Five Tips for Lawyers Representing Children Under Five
By Tori Porell – February 26, 2020
Lawyers have a critical role to play for their youngest clients. Here are some tips to ensure you are providing holistic representation.

Five Tips for Lawyers to Secure Family Time
By Kathleen Creamer and Cathy Krebs– February 24, 2020
A few resources from the Children's Bureau to keep in mind while you advocate for visitation.

Six Tips to be a Better Children’s Lawyer from Youth with Lived Expertise
By Cathy Krebs – December 18, 2019
These tips underscored a message the committee heard over and over—lawyers should not give up on any kid. Every child is worth fighting for.

Five Things to Consider When Dealing with Interstate Placement of Children
By Jonathan D. Conant – November 11, 2019
Knowing these aspects of the ICPC can help prevent the unnecessary return of children to the jurisdiction of their originating states.

Five Tips for Lawyers to Talk to Clients about Safety
By Jacob B. Carmi –October 22, 2019
A few points to keep in mind when you meet with your youth clients.

Five Tips for Challenging Placement in a Residential Setting
By Cristina F. Freitas, Debbie F. Freitas, and Alexandra G. Roark – September 6, 2019
A few ideas to help you get started.

Five Tips for Advocating for the “Most Connected Placement”
By Virginia Corrigan, Brent Pattison, Jennifer Pokempner, and Jennifer Rodriguez – May 20, 2019
A few ways you can help your child clients stay in contact with the people who love them and their own communities.

Five Tips for Prioritizing Extracurriculars as a Key Intervention for Youth
By Virginia Corrigan – March 25, 2019
Here are a few ways lawyers can help their clients access these important opportunities.

Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As an advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their mental development too!

Five Things about Trauma that Children’s Lawyers Should Know
By Eliza M. Hirst and Cathy Krebs – March 11, 2019
It is important to have a basic understanding of and recognize how trauma impacts child clients and their behavior.

Ten Ways Youth Sex Offender Registration Harms Kids
By Riya Saha Shah – December 10, 2018
Registering youth does not make children and communities safer—it perpetuates the cycle of child sexual abuse and causes irreparable harm.

Five Facts About Juvenile Sex Offender Registration
By Riya Saha Shah – December 5, 2018
What lawyers need to know about sex offense recidivism in youth.

Five Ways to Address Implicit Bias Within Our Systems
By Cathy Krebs – October 31, 2018
Though it can feel overwhelming to confront these issues, especially within a large system, here are a few ways to help you.

Five Ways to Address Your Implicit Bias
By Cathy Krebs – October 4, 2018
A few tips on to help you overcome any unintentional bias you may have about your clients.

Five Tips for Successfully Interviewing Your Child Client
By Cathy Krebs – September 5, 2018
A few easy ways you can improve this essential skill and build better foundations for legal representation.

Five Steps for Addressing Compassion Fatigue
By Cathy Krebs – July 3, 2018
Provide zealous representation to your clients without experiencing compassion fatigue.

Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As a children’s advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their brains too!
Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As a children’s advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their brains too!
Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As a children’s advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their brains too!
Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As a children’s advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their brains too!
Five Ways Lawyers Can Build Resilience in Child Clients
By Eliza M. Hirst – March 14, 2019
As a children’s advocate, you have the important power to change not only the trajectory of their lives but their brains too!