Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Law Journal Symposium to Explore International Legal Issues Affecting Children February 13, 2013
Law Journal Symposium to Explore International Legal Issues Affecting Children

Uncertainty surrounding the legal protection of children jeopardizes their quality of life. When children are subjected to trafficking and abduction, displaced from their families, and ensnared in complex adoption matters, their countries of origin and the international community as a whole suffer. On Friday, February 22, Southwestern will discuss these issues at the symposium, The Future of Children in International Law.

Presented by the Southwestern Journal of International Law, this event will bring academics and practitioners together to examine how laws surrounding these issues affect children on an international level. The proceedings and papers from this symposium will be published in the journal.

Professor Julie Waterstone, Director of Southwestern's Children's Rights Clinic, said "Children are our most vulnerable citizens and too often the problems they face do not stop with national borders. Finding answers to these issues means engaging and participating in a global dialogue.  With this symposium, we aim to be a part of that conversation." Waterstone is set to moderate, joined by Southwestern Professors Christine Lorillard, Myrna Raeder and Julia Vázquez.

Among the prominent legal scholars, attorneys and social workers, scheduled speakers include:

  • Wendi Adelson, Visiting Clinical Professor, Florida State University College of Law
  • Veronica Aragón, Human Rights Litigator, Center for Justice in International Law
  • Irene Banias, Assistant Professor of Law, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Joan Catherine Bohl, Professor of Legal Skills, Stetson University College of law
  • Bernardine Dohrn, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School
  • Matthew Fraidin, Associate Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law
  • Hannah Garry, Director, International Human Rights Clinic USC Gould School of Law
  • Yali Lincroft, MBA, Policy and Program Consultant, First Focus
  • Jennifer Mertus, Director, Center for Children's Rights, Whittier Law School
  • Andrea Ramos, Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Immigration Law Clinic, Southwestern
  • Stephanie Richard, Policy & Legal Services Director, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking
  • Cecilia Saco, Supervising Children's Social Worker, Department of Children and Family Services
  • Dr. Adiva Sifris, Senior Lecturer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • Kathleen Strottman, Executive Director, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute

The Southwestern Journal of International Law is published annually to provide a scholarly forum on selected comparative, international and trade law issues. Copies of the issue will be sent to participants and will also be available for purchase.
Participant registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:00 a.m. The symposium will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. in the historic Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus, 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. The cost is $75 for attorneys seeking 6.25 hours of CLE credit; $50 for Southwestern alumni and members of co-sponsoring organizations; and $40 for those not seeking CLE credit. Limited parking is available on campus for $8; click here for a map and directions. For more information on the Symposium, click here.