No Time for False Choices – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 14, 2012 CONTACT: Rebecca Vallas, Staff Attorney/Policy Advocate Community Legal Services E-mail:  rvallas@clsphila.org Phone: 215-981-3797 NO TIME FOR FALSE CHOICES Low-Income Children with Disabilities Need Both Economic Security and Vital Services Supplemental Security Income Must Be Preserved The undersigned organizations are concerned that Nicholas Kristof’s December 7 New York Times op-ed, “Profiting from […]

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

YLC Supports SSI for Children with Disabilities

The Youth Law Center joined advocates across the country to respond to a New York Times Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof that mischaracterized the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program for children.   The SSI Coalition for Children and Families said that Kristof’s piece, “Profiting from a Child’s Illiteracy,” painted a dangerous false choice between investing in early […]

Posted Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

YLC Helps to Train Juvenile Court Judges

Every year, juvenile court judges from around California convene for a two-day training put on by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Judicial Education and Research.  YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell was invited to this year’s event, to be part of a two-part workshop on juvenile competence to stand trial.  The first part […]

Posted Monday, December 10th, 2012

YLC Suggests Ways to Improve Appointed Counsel Contracts

YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell presented in a workshop on “The Importance of Juvenile Contracts in Ensuring Standards of Representation” at the Autumn MacArthur Foundation Cross-Action Network meeting of its Models for Change Initiative, held November 14 and 15, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The session was moderated by Patti Puritz, Executive Director of the National […]

Posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

YLC Explores the Use of Affidavits in Juvenile Cases

This year’s National Juvenile Defender Summit, held October 26-28, 2012 in San Juan Puerto Rico, featured YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell in a workshop on “Bolstering Your Case: Innovative Uses of Declarations and Affidavits.”  With Simmie Baer and Dr. Marty Beyer, Sue explored ways to use expert opinions to effectively highlight aspects of the defense […]

Posted Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Agencies Work to Unite Foster, Biological Parents

by KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press When Angela Austin-Knight’s teenage son and daughter were placed in foster care in 2008, she was despondent and angry. Not only had she lost custody of her children because of her drug use, but now two strangers were raising them. She feared she would have no contact with the foster […]

Posted Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Baby Elmo Project Blog

The Vera Institute of Justice, Family Justice Program is running a blog written by a young man at Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility in Ohio and his experience with the Baby Elmo Project. The Youth Law Center and Rachel Barr, Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Georgetown University, are working with the facility in […]

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Supporting Young Adults Training

The Youth Law Center, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, and Bay Area Legal Aid will be providing training on Supporting Young Adults at the Traveling Training sponsored by the Legal Aid Association of California on November 2, 2012 in Riverside. Title:  Supporting Young Adults: Cash, Medi-Cal, and Housing for Transition Age Youth Name of Trainers:  […]

Posted Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Two AB 12 Trainings

Alice Bussiere, Youth Law Center Staff Attorney, Brian Blalock, Bay Area Legal Aid,  and Rebecca Marcus, San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, provided training on extended foster care benefits under AB 12 to San Francisco public defenders and panel attorneys on September 18, 2012. On September 19, 2012, Maria Ramiu, Youth Law Center Managing Director, Brian […]

Posted Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Jennifer Rodriguez Featured in National NCYC Webcast

On September 12th, Jennifer Rodriguez, YLC Executive Director, presented on a National Center for Youth In Custody webinar titled “Creating and Sustaining Improved Conditions for Youth In Custody”. Jennifer’s presentation focused on how litigation can be one important tool among others for addressing specific issues that impact incarcerated youth. Additionally, Jennifer’s presentation covered the need […]

Posted Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

YLC Presents at Camp Sweeney

On August 20, 2012, YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell, and Summer Intern Rebekah DeHaven presented a “Know Your Rights” workshop to some 50 young men at Alameda County’s Camp Wilmot Sweeney. Youth are committed to the camp from juvenile court and the normal commitment length is six months. Most of the youth are 16 or […]

Posted Thursday, September 13th, 2012

YLC Presentation at APHA Conference

On September 11th, Jennifer Rodriguez, YLC Executive Director, presented at the American Public Humane Association’s conference for Public Welfare Attorneys. Jennifer facilitated a panel of foster youth who discussed the need for the audience of state and local child welfare agency attorneys to take an approach that helps their agency clients remember their mission of […]

Posted Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
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