August 17, 2009 17:00 Age: 5 yrs

Worthington Wins National Advocacy Award

By: Grace Kim

Karen L. Worthington 94L, director of Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, received the 2009 Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award in August from the National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) for her efforts to fight for children’s rights in Georgia.

Georgia Representative Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) nominated Worthington, whom she describes as a “pioneer in children’s law in Georgia.”

Worthington, director of the Barton Clinic since 2000, helps children in Georgia’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems through community education, research and policy development advocacy, and student education. “The award speaks about the work that we do at the clinic,” she said, referring to the clinic’s efforts. 

The NACC is a membership association for non-profit organizations that focus on child advocacy. It annually awards the Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award to one person who “made significant contributions to enhancing the well being of children through legal representation and other advocacy efforts,” according to the NACC. Worthington has served on the NACC Advocacy Committee since 2005, and she helped found the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children Board of Directors, where she serves as board secretary.

Worthington also released a new book on children's rights, co-edited with Martha A. Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and director of Emory's Feminism and Legal Theory Project. What is Right for Children? The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights (Ashgate, 2009) addresses the conflict between the American and the international perspectives about the status of children and familial authority. Click here for more information.

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