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Medicaid Waiver Applications and Appeals: How Caseworkers Can Assist Their Clients with Disabilities, Training for Case Management Agencies, Miami, FL, Spring 2010 (Renee Darville '11, Erick Schmelzer '11, Khari Taustin '10)

Intersections with Immigration Issues: Recognizing and Addressing Legal Barriers for Immigrants in Your Courtroom, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Mar. 2010 (Perlmutter)

Psychotropic Medications: How to Be an Effective Advocate for Children in Dependency, Florida's Children First CLE, Ft. Lauderdale, Feb. 2010 (Perlmutter)

Florida Legal Services Community Lawyering Training, Faculty Member, Tampa, FL, Dec. 2009 (Guacci)

Can a Juvenile Be Imprisoned for Life Without Possibility of Parole Under International Law?, University of Miami School of Law International Law Lecture Series, Miami, FL, Nov. 2009 (Perlmutter)

Legal Challenges to Shackling Immigrant Children in Immigration Court, On Their Own: Fourth Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children: Presentation Conditions of Confinement: Children's Mental Health, Medical Care and Rights panel (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2009 (Perlmutter)

Representation to Realize Rights: A Summit on Counsel for Children in Miami: Health Rights of Children, University of Miami School of Law, Sept. 2009 (Perlmutter)

Roles of the Child's Attorney and GAL and the Child's Perspective in Psychotropic Medication Hearings, Testimony to the DCF Gabriel Myers Working Group, Tampa, FL, Aug. 2009 (Perlmutter)

Opening the School House Door: Advocating for Youth in School, Dependency Summit for Florida's Child Protective Communities, Orlando, FL, Aug. 2009 (Williams)

"Unchain the Children": Toward a Human Rights and Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model of Advocacy to Unshackle Children in the Courtroom, 31st Congress on Law and Mental Health, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, NYU Law School, NY, June 2009 (Perlmutter)

Interviewing the Child Witness, Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare Professional Development Training, West Palm Beach, FL, June 2009 (Guacci)

Procedural Rights of Children in State Care, Florida Bar CLE seminar on Psychotropic Medication Hearings in Dependency Court, Tampa, FL, May 2009 (Perlmutter)

LGBTQ Youth Advocacy in the Juvenile Justice System, Barry University School of Law Juvenile Justice Clinic Symposium on Special Populations in Juvenile Delinquency Court, Cocoa Beach, FL, June 2009 (Guacci)

Juvenile Shackling: Legal and Psychological Perspectives, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Forensic Cases Conference, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Miami, FL, Jan. 2009 (Perlmutter)

Advancing the Human Rights and Well-Being of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference: Panel presentation at Fourth Biennial Conference hosted by the University of Miami (November 2008) (Perlmutter)

Fostering Educational Success for Children in Foster Care, Seminole County Child Protection Conference, FL, Oct. 28, 2008 (Williams)

Medicaid/EPSDT Advocacy for Dependent Children in Juvenile Court, Florida Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program Webinar CLE Training (Oct. 2008) (Perlmutter)

Serving the Whole Child: The Roles of Attorney, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and GAL (Guardian ad Litem), National Association of Counsel for Children's conference (Savannah GA, August 2008) (Perlmutter)

"Unchain the Children": Gault, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Shackling, Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies Conference, San Juan, PR, June 2008 (Perlmutter)

Ethical Issues in Representing Immigrant Children and Families, On Their Own: Third Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (John Marshall Law School, Chicago, March 2008) (Perlmutter)

Maximizing Educational Opportunities for Youth in State Care, Florida's Children First Public Policy Conference, Fostering Success: Strategies to Empower Youth to Succeed as Adults, Plantation, FL, Feb. 14, 2008 (Williams)

Testimony before the Florida Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs (Dec. 3, 2007) (Williams)

Legal Issues Impacting Teen Parents in Foster Care, Meeting of Independent Living Coordinators, Our Kids, Inc., Miami, FL (Williams)

Federal and State Laws Relating to Educational Access for Children in Foster Care, Florida Coalition for Children Conference, Daytona Beach, FL, Nov. 2006 (Williams)

Representing Children in Dependency Proceedings, McDermott, Will & Emory, Pro Bono Training, Miami, Florida, Feb. 2006 (Williams and Perlmutter)

The Use of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the TJ/Preventive Law Model in Law School Clinical Teaching in Juvenile and Family Law Clinics, Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Diego, CA, May 2004 (Perlmutter and Salisbury)

Child Advocacy CLE Seminar, Lawyers for Children America (Miami) CLE at law firm of Cole, Scott & Kissane, Feb. 2004 (Salisbury).

Children are in Need and Every Lawyer Can Help: Legal Advocacy For Children, Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section Legal Needs of Children Committee/Florida Bar Presidential Showcase CLE, Jan. 2004 (Salisbury).

Legal Issues of Children and Adolescents in Health Care Matters, University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Dr. John T. McDonald Foundation, School Health Initiative, Dec. 2003 (Perlmutter)

Representation of Dependent Children in Mental Health Commitment Proceedings, Tampa, FL Nov. 2003 (Perlmutter)

Not Seen and Not Heard: Foster Children Committed to Psychiatric Institutions, National Association of Rights Protection and Advocacy (NARPA) 22nd National Conference, Austin TX, Nov. 2003 (Salisbury)

Educational Stability for Children in State Custody: What Can Be Done for Foster Children and Why?, sponsored by Dade Community Foundation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., University of Miami School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic, Nov. 2003 (Perlmutter)

Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care, University of Miami School of Education, Office of Research and Programs, Miami, FL, Oct. 2003 (Perlmutter)

Representation of Dependent Children in Mental Health Commitment Proceedings, Lawyers for Children America (Miami) CLE at law firm of Baker & McKenzie, July 2003 (Salisbury)

"Whose Business is It Anyway?" The Law of Confidentiality and Information Sharing of a Child's Records, Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section Legal Needs of Children Committee/Florida Bar Presidential Showcase CLE, June 2003 (Perlmutter)

Representing Abused, Abandoned, Neglected Unaccompanied Minors in State Court Proceedings, Continuing Legal Education Pro Bono Seminars held in January, 2003 (co-sponsored by Children & Youth Law Clinic, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and the American Immigration Lawyers Association; March, 2003 (co-sponsored by FIAC and Holland & Knight); and July, 2003 (co-sponsored by Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Broward Lawyers Care, and FIAC) (Perlmutter)


Clinic Director Bernie Perlmutter gives an overview.

Hear the student perspective on why this clinic is an amazing experience.


Recent Miami Law Graduates and Former Children & Youth Law Clinic Interns Become Child Advocates

Florida Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Children & Youth Law Clinic

Championing Children: How Involved Should They Be in Their Own Hearings?

Former Student Seida Wood, JD '11, Makes Forceful Argument Before 1st District Court of Appeal

Clinic Helps Foster Child Receive Medicaid Benefits

Clinic Helps Former Foster Youths Receive Favorable Decision from the Social Security Administration

Clinic Students Fight for Children to be Present for Their Day in Court

Children & Youth Law Clinic Sways Florida Supreme Court to Abolish Shackling of Juveniles.

An introduction to the Children and Youth Law clinic.

Why participate in this clinic: Graduate Evian White, J.D. '10 discusses how the clinic taught her to be a holistic lawyer and treat the child-client-issue as a whole. She also appreciates the essential tools she gained to become a better counselor, mediator, problem solver and listener, and how her experiences will impact her life and legal career.