News Release: Events, Law

Sep. 19,  2011

Child Law, Advocacy to be Focus of Emory Conference

“Child Law: Past, Present and Future,” is the topic for the eighth annual Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) conference, Saturday, Oct. 1, which will bring together pediatricians, educators, attorneys, legislators and professors to discuss children’s rights and vulnerabilities in the courts and under the law.

Keynote speaker will be Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law and co-director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. The conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Emory Law School‘s Tull Auditorium and hosted by EPIC, a student-run organization.

Other speakers include:

•    Dr. Lucky Jain, Richard W. Blumberg Professor and executive vice chairman for the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director, Emory Children’s Center;

•    Shani King, associate professor at University of Florida Levin College of Law and co-director of the Center on Families and Children;

•    Christopher E. Church, managing attorney, Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children; and

•    Rebekah Close LeMon, Emory Law class of 2007, board member, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia.

About the Conference
Children may not always speak for themselves or have access to the legal system, but advocates can provide a public voice for them, both during court proceedings and when lawmakers create policy that affects families and children. This year’s conference will focus on local, national and global issues and avenues for positive, lifelong change in children’s lives.

Panelists will discuss the historical relationship between children and the law, children’s unique rights, the impact of childhood experiences on later life, and how the law must continually adapt to address new issues and gaps in protective child law.

Group sessions will focus on health care, education, economics, family law, litigation/juvenile defense, child abuse/neglect, international child law, public policy/legislation and mental health.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Attorneys may earn up to five Continuing Legal Education hours, and a $5 per credit hour payment will be accepted at check-in. Breakfast, lunch and light dinner will be provided. 

Register here for the conference. (Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27.)

Email EPIC conference for questions about the conference.

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