Juvenile Law Section
The Bar's newest Section!
Provides opportunities for members to enhance professional practice and improve the outcomes of children and families in Abuse/Neglect/Dependent Court and DJJDP Court. Educational topics include trends in child welfare law, interface among juvenile court and schools, and training in non-legal areas of child development/family dynamics, substance abuse / mental health treatment, and domestic violence.
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2014-15 Juvenile Law Section Report
Mitchell Feld, Chair & Stephanie Klitsch, Vice-Chair
The Juvenile Law Section continued successful programming and a full schedule of networking and learning opportunities for members in the 2014-15 year. The Section hosted regular meetings the last Monday of each month at lunch at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. These luncheons transitioned from monthly to a bi-monthly schedule.
Lunch meeting topics included:
• Truancy Court Project and Updates
• CMS Mental Health Specialist Presentation
• Adoption Committee Speaker
• Out-of-School Time Programming
• Pro-social Programming Updates from Judge Lou Trosch
• Strategic & Section Planning
In addition to the meetings above, the section planned and hosted multiple CLE opportunites. These included a free training on “Emotional and Psychological Needs of Children and Families,” a highly discounted Mental Health/Substance Abuse 8-hour course, a 3-hour program on Advocacy in the Mental Health System, and the Annual Section Conference. The 3rd Annual Mecklenburg County Bar Juvenile Law Section Conference featured 5.5 total hours of CLE for a discounted member rate, touching on a variety of key topics and featuring speakers from Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Elon University, Advocates for Children’s Service, and a conflict resolution center.
The section continued organizing volunteer opportunities for members, including the Truancy Court Program. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Truancy Court Program, aims to improve school attendance in a nurturing manner that builds a relationship between the family and the school rather than using punitive measures. The Juvenile Law Section supports this program in a variety of ways including providing courthouse tours for the youth and their families and organizing donation drives to collect needed supplies.