Zealous Advocacy Conference to emphasize ethics, impact of trauma in juvenile justice

University of Houston Law Center Professor Ellen Marrus said the 15th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference will provide resources that will enhance the skills of juvenile justice attorneys.

University of Houston Law Center Professor Ellen Marrus said the 15th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference will provide resources that will enhance the skills of juvenile justice attorneys.

June 22, 2016 - Juvenile justice attorneys will meet in July for the 15th annual Zealous Advocacy Conference at University of Houston Law Center. The event, titled, "Being a Strong Advocate for the Juvenile Client," is co-sponsored by the UHLC's Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. It will be held July 14-15.

The conference is an annual training seminar and the premier professional development training for juvenile defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States.

"We are very excited about this upcoming Zealous Advocacy Conference," said Ellen Marrus, director of the Center for Children, Law & Policy and George Butler Research Professor of Law at the UH Law Center. As in years past we have a great lineup of speakers and sessions, but this year is special. It is our 15th anniversary of providing a conference that was
developed specifically for juvenile defenders.

"This year also begins the 50th anniversary celebration of In re Gault, the landmark decision ensuring children the right to counsel in delinquency cases. The Supreme Court said that no other rights matter for children if they don't have an attorney at their side to help guide them through the process. The Zealous Advocacy Conference helps attorneys have the tools they need to be strong and effective advocates for their clients."

Marrus is one of 11 speakers at the conference. Additional speakers include:

  • Angelo Giardino of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital
  • Judge Darlene Byrne '87 of the 126th District Court of Travis County
  • Nadia Seeratan of the National Juvenile Defender Center
  • Dustin Rynders of Disability Rights
  • Brenden Shaw of KIPP Academy
  • Christina Phillis of the Maricopa County Public Advocate Office
  • Daphne Robinson, the MCH Special Projects Coordinator of the Louisiana Department of Health
  • Diane Vines of the Child Trauma Center
  • Dr. Stephen Baldridge of Abilene Christian University
  • Professor Malikah Marrus of Hood College.

Attorneys attending the two-day conference will receive 12 hours of CLE credit, including four hours of ethics credit. Specialization credit in criminal appellate, criminal law, family law and juvenile law is pending.

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After speaking at the University of Houston Law Center in 2015, Judge Darlene Byrne ’87, will return to speak at 15th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference in July.

After speaking at the University of Houston Law Center in 2015, Judge Darlene Byrne '87, will return to speak at 15th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference in July.

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