2020 Children’s Law Institute

January 8-10, 2020, Hotel Albuquerque, Old Town

Join us in exploring the theme: “Walking the Talk: Prevention, Support, and Radical Acceptance”

The 2020 annual conference theme looks forward to the implementation of recent changes in our child welfare, juvenile justice, and children’s legal systems, with an emphasis on putting the values of prevention, support, and radical acceptance into practice.  While safety and risk remain important considerations, we are challenging our systems to address concerns by upholding the  essential, effective, and innate connections that exist within families and their surrounding community.

With the start of a new decade, a new administration, and new national and state-wide initiatives, we have an opportunity to move innovative ideas towards improved outcomes for the children, youth and families we serve. What does it look like to shift our systems’ efforts from reactive to preventative? How can we leverage the strengths of our communities to provide the support that allows families to thrive? How can each one of us renew our commitment to break ineffective patterns of judgement and move towards the radical acceptance of others that restores hope and humanity in our communities?


General Registration will open soon. Please check back in early November.

Speaker Registration Follow this link to complete the Speaker Registration Form.


2020 Conference Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker Closing Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, January 8th, 1:30pm Friday, January 10th, 10:30am
Dr. Jaiya John Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer, LISW

 Featured Speaker(s)
Thursday, January 9th, 10:30am-12:00pm


Lexi Gruber


Dr. Sam Himelstein


Dr. Andrew Hsi


Conference Program

Please check back for session descriptions and speaker biographies.

8:30am-Noon 8:30am 8:30am
Pre-Conference Session Workshop Session II Session VI
1:30pm-3:00pm 10:30am   10:30am-12:30pm
Opening General Session Workshop Session III Closing General Session
3:30pm-5:00pm 1:30pm
Workshop Session I Workshop Session IV
 Workshop Session V

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