2019 Children’s Law Institute


January 9-11, 2019 Hotel Albuquerque, Old Town

Purpose, Hope, and Change: Improving Daily Practices and Building a Better System. The 2019 annual conference theme encourages an intentional reflection of last year’s 25th anniversary theme which focused on challenging ourselves, shaking things up, looking honestly at what it is like to be a child in New Mexico. We will take the challenges introduced at the 2018 conference and dig deeper, looking at what we can do to change our systems and ourselves.  What tools do we need to be successful in our work?  What are strategies we can employ to be an agent for change?  How do we stay connected to our purpose in the work we do? And how do we inspire hope in others and ourselves?

This year to help us with planning, you will have the chance to pre-select all your session choices during registration. Take the time to review the program through the links below or in the right hand menu bar, so you can be ready to register.

The CLI Reception will held directly following the opening keynote presentation on Wednesday January 9th at 4pm, all conference attendees are invited!

Need to get away? A quiet room for reflection and mindfulness practice will be available throughout the day on Thursday January 10th, come by the North Atrium Meeting Room to check it out. 

**New this year: YOGA! A 45 min. guided yoga session will be held in the North Atrium Meeting Room at 7:00am and 5:30pm on Thursday, January 10th and at 7:00am on Friday January 11th! Open to everyone however space is limited. No mat necessary.**

Special meetings? Has your group organized a special meeting during CLI? Click here to see the current schedule of meetings and locations.

Need CEUs or CLEs? Click here for information about this year’s continuing education credits.

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      Opening Keynote Speaker         Closing Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, January 9th, 1:30pm   Friday, January 11th, 10:30am
   Natalie S. Burke
‚ÄúWhat Happens When Equity is the New Solution to Old Problems? We Get Uncomfortable.‚ÄĚ
Dr. Victor Rios 
‚ÄúBuilding a Continuum of Care for Marginalized Children and Youth‚ÄĚ


Conference Program

Click on the links below to be taken to the session descriptions and speaker biographies


Pre-Conference Session Session I Session V
8:30am-Noon Thurs 8:30am Fri 8:30am
Opening General Session  Session II Closing General Session
 1:30pm-4:00pm Thurs 10:30am 10:30am-12:30pm
Reception Session III
4:00pm-6:00pm Thurs 1:30pm
 Session IV
Thurs 3:30pm



Session I Featured Speaker(s)
Thursday, January 10th, 8:30am-10:00am


Kate Fort 

“The Indian Child Welfare
Act at 40‚ÄĚ

Rhonda Roorda

‚ÄúMoving Beyond The ‚ÄėColor-Blind‚Äô Policy of
Transracial Adoption: Raising Physically
and Emotionally Secure Children‚ÄĚ

Lisa Newman-Polk

‚ÄúRethinking the Criminalization of Addiction‚ÄĚ



Session II Featured Speaker(s)
Thursday, January 10th, 10:30am-Noon


Michelle Cortese

‚ÄúThe Cornerstone Advocacy Approach to Parent Engagement and Safe Reunification‚ÄĚ

David Mandel

“Intersections: How to Work with
Complexity in Domestic Violence Cases‚ÄĚ

Sixto Cancel

‚ÄúUsing Tech and Data to¬†Rethink Permanency¬†and Normalcy‚ÄĚ





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Organizing Parents Education Network (OPEN)