September 19, 2011 10:42 Age: 3 yrs

Eighth Annual EPIC Conference Centers on Child Law, Advocacy

This year’s annual Emory Public Interest Committee conference, “Child Law: Past, Present and Future,” will bring together pediatricians, educators, attorneys, legislators and professors to discuss children’s rights and vulnerabilities in the courts and under the law.

The eighth annual EPIC conference will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in Emory Law‘s Tull Auditorium. Hosted by EPIC, a student-run organization, the keynote speaker is Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law and co-director of the Barton Child Law and Policy Center. Other scheduled panelists include: 

  • Dr. Lucky Jain, Richard W. Blumberg Professor and executive vice chairman for the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and medical director, Emory Children’s Center;

  • Shani King, associate professor at University of Florida Levin College of Law and co-director of the Center on Families and Children;

  • Christopher E. Church, managing attorney, Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children; and

  • Rebekah Close LeMon 07L, board member, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia.

Children may not always speak for themselves or have access to the legal system, but advocates can provide a public voice for them, both during court proceedings and when lawmakers create policy that affects families and children. This year’s conference will focus on local, national and global issues and avenues for positive, lifelong change in children’s lives.

Panelists will discuss the historical relationship between children and the law, children’s unique rights, the impact of childhood experiences on later life and how the law must continually adapt to address new issues and gaps in protective child law.

Group sessions will focus on areas including health care, education, economics, family law, litigation/juvenile defense, child abuse/neglect, international child law, public policy/legislation and mental health.

While free and open to the public, registration is required. Attorneys may earn up to five Continuing Legal Education hours, and a $5 per credit hour payment will be accepted at check in. Breakfast, lunch and light dinner will be provided. 

Register here for the conference. (Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27)

The EPIC conference is an annual event, and one of the largest and most prominent events hosted by the student-run organization. Well-attended by students, legal practitioners and faculty, attendance provides the most convenient way to fulfill the conference requirement for an EPIC summer grant

Please direct all questions to: epicconference2011(at)

Related Links:

2011 EPIC Law Conference site

Register for the Conference.

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