Central to NACC’s mission is the idea that the law must be used to protect and serve vulnerable children and their families, and that providing expert, effective legal counsel is necessary to deliver justice to our often deeply disadvantaged clients. How can we make the argument for a right to counsel? Can the existing case law support our cause?
Communications technology is rapidly evolving, and NACC is happy to share today an “infographic” – information presented in a creative, graphic form – to help you make the argument. “The Right to Counsel in Dependency Cases” infographic is derived from the skilled and articulate advocacy on this issue by many of our most respected colleagues. We hope that this can become a useful tool for you in your own advocacy, both within and outside the courtroom.
Thanks to helpful feedback from John Pollock of the National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel, we have updated this infographic to reflect recent legislation and changed some of our language to be more precise. Theses changes are reflected in the infographic and in citations 10 and 12.
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About Kendall Marlowe
Kendall is the Executive Director of the National Association of Counsel for Children, the national advocacy organization of attorneys and other professionals representing children and families in child welfare, juvenile justice and custody cases. Kendall served as Chief of the Bureau of Operations and as Deputy Director for the Department of Children and Family Services in Illinois, where he was also spokesperson for the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Long Term Care Reform Task Force. Kendall grew up in a family that welcomed six adolescent foster youth, has been a foster and adoptive parent himself, and worked as a social worker with at-risk, homeless and foster youth on Chicago’s south side. He holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, where he received the Wilma Walker Honor Award; and a J.D. and Certificate in Child and Family Law from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was an Honorary Child Law Fellow.