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 the 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?



Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards Nomination Form: The Children’s Law Institute is now accepting Excellence Awards Nominations!

CEU and CLE Information

The CLI offers Social Work Continuing Education Credits (CEU) and Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE) for qualifying sessions. Both types of credits require that participants complete the appropriate course documentation forms and submit them where indicated during the conference. Forms not submitted during the conference or incorrectly completed may be invalid and result in a loss of credit hours. See workshop descriptions for specific CEU/CLE information.

Social Work CEUs Accepted by:
NM Counseling Boards, NM Board of Behavioral Health Professionals, NM CASA & CYFD Foster Parent Licensing
New Mexico CLEs Approved by:
The MCLE board

2020 Conference Speakers

Pre-Conference Session Speaker

Opening Keynote Speaker

Closing Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, January 8th, 8:00am Wednesday, January 8th, 1:30pm Friday, January 10th, 10:30am
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky Dr. Jaiya John Dr. Amelia Franck Meyer

Featured Speakers

Thursday, January 9th, 10:30-12:00pm
 Dr. Andrew Hsi Lexie Gruber Dr. Sam Himelstein


Conference Program

8:00am-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

CLI Newsletters

Stay up to date with the latest CLI updates by reading our newsletters below:

May 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 Newsletter


2020 Sponsors

CYFD, Children,Youth and Families Department Logo