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Children's Legal Rights Journal Symposium

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Children’s Legal Rights Journal


Shifting Perspectives in Children’s Mental Health  

Friday, October 9, 2015

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, 10th Floor
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

Symposium Editors Jennifer Fox and Sarah Kroll

Symposium Brochure (PDF)

The Illinois MCLE Board has approved this program for 4 hours of general credit; The Illinois MCLE Board has approved this program for 4 hours of Professional Responsibility credit.

To register, click here.

Conference Agenda
Friday, October 9, 2015

9:30 –10:00 a.m.
Breakfast & Check-in

10:00 –10:15 a.m.
Jennifer Fox and Sarah Kroll, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Diane Geraghty, Loyola University Chicago School of Law 

10:15 –11:15 a.m.
Ira Burnim, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
“Legal Strategies for Securing Effective Mental Health Care for Children”

11:15-11:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Featured Speaker
Kendall Marlowe, National Association of Counsel for Children
“Better Mental Health Outcomes through Representing the Whole Child” 

12:30-1:00 p.m.

1:00-2:00 p.m.
James Marley, Loyola University Chicago Forensic Mental Health Program
“Children’s Mental Health Care: Understanding the Role of the Family” 


2:15- 3:15 p.m.
Breakout Room Presentations
Julie Lythcott-Haims, author
“Helicopter Parenting and the Effects on a Child’s Mental Health” (Room 1101)

Amy Zimmerman and Amanda Walsh, Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children
“Using Preventative Law to Improve Mental Health of Children and Stabilize Families” (Room 1102)

Dr. Michael Naylor, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Oversight of Psychotropic Medication Use in Foster Care” (Ceremonial Courtroom)

3:15-3:30 p.m.
Closing remarks
Kendall Marlowe, National Association of Counsel for Children

About the Conference • The Loyola University Chicago Children’s Legal Rights Journal proudly announces “Shifting Perspectives in Children’s Mental Health,” to be held on October 9, 2015.

This symposium will consider the central issues surrounding children’s mental health from a variety of professional perspectives—legal, psychiatric, medical, social work, and education—with one goal in mind: understanding and representing the whole child. A child’s mental health is undeniably one of the most important aspects of his or her social and cognitive development, yet the subject of mental health is ignored or highly stigmatized in many communities in the United States and around the world. We have come a long way since carting off individuals to institutions similar to prison, but there is much work to be done.  Understanding and accepting mental health is an important part of a child’s—and every person’s—health and wellbeing.

Conference Location • The Conference will be held in the Philip H. Corboy Law Center, Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom, on the 10th floor of 25 E. Pearson St. on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

Registration Information • Loyola University Chicago School of Law is pleased to present this Conference at no charge for Loyola students and faculty and individuals not seeking CLE credits. For those who wish to obtain credit, registration fees are $50, or $40 for alumni. There is no charge for CLE credit for current faculty, staff, or students, and an immediate 50% fee reduction is offered for attorneys working in the areas of government or public interest. Seating is limited and registration is appreciated. Open seating will be available on a first-come basis to those who do not register.  To register, click here. 

About the Children’s Legal Rights Journal • The Loyola University Chicago Children’s Legal Rights Journal is a national journal sponsored by Loyola University Chicago School of Law in cooperation with the National Association of Counsel for Children. The journal focuses on issues affecting all professionals who work with children, including child welfare, juvenile justice, adoption, mental health and education. Generally, the readership consists of lawyers, social workers, physicians, researchers, mental health professionals, law enforcement personnel, and educators.

Speaker Biographies 

Featured Speaker

Kendall Marlowe (JD ’13) 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. He 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 JD and Certificate in Child and Family Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was an Honorary Child Law Fellow.

Ira Burnim is legal director of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law based in Washington, DC. He has represented thousands of adults and children diagnosed with psychiatric disabilities and has litigated monumental cases on mental health and child welfare system reform. He is an expert in policy and legal issues related to the ADA, community mental health care, Medicaid, and children's issues. Burnim has advised advocates and policymakers around the world while working with Mental Disability Rights International. He sits on the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, the editorial advisory board of the American Bar Association's Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter, and the National Advisory Committee to the Research and Training Center on Parent Support and Children's Mental Health. He was formerly the legal director of the Children's Defense Fund and an attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

Dr. James Marley is the program director of the Forensic Mental Health Subspecialization at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work. He teaches courses on social work practice with people with severe mental illnesses, social work ethics, and research ethics, for Loyola’s MSW and PhD programs. Dr. Marley coauthored a textbook on family therapy and also wrote a book on family therapy and severe mental illness. He is currently working on two more books on family therapy and severe mental illness.

Julie Lythcott-Haims is graduate of Stanford and Harvard Law. She practiced law in California for many years before returning to Stanford as an associate dean, and then assistant to the president. After that, she spent a decade as the dean of freshmen where she influenced the lives of thousands of Stanford freshmen. In 2010 she received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award which recognizes distinctive and exceptional contributions to undergraduate education or quality of student life. In 2012 Julie stepped down to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing, and in June of 2015 released her book, How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success.

Amy Zimmerman is the program director for the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children. Throughout Amy’s years of practice, she has spearheaded legislative initiatives and helped to implement groundbreaking health policies. Amy has worked on the Illinois Children’s Product Safety Act on recall requirements, the Illinois School Code on classroom access, home and hospital instruction, Charter School health and safety requirements, and the Early Intervention Services System Act on council and service delivery improvements. Amy previously served as the Children’s Policy Advisor to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, as the assistant director for the Children’s Health and Education Project at the Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and as a neighborhood and project attorney for LAF. Amy received her JD from Northwestern University Law School.

Amanda Walsh (MSW ’14, JD ’15) is an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Walgreen Co. and Baker & McKenzie, LLP, at the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (CMLPC). CMLPC works in collaboration with children’s hospital partners Lurie, La Rabida, and Comer and Friend Family Health Center FQHC to provide free legal assistance, train, and promote policy initiatives on behalf of vulnerable families in order to access public benefits, education, and to ensure patient health. Amanda’s fellowship project with CMLPC tackles the social determinants of health and family instability faced by children with mental illness. Amanda attended NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she obtained a B.A. in “Justice and Mental Health” with a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies. Amanda then went on to obtain a joint JD/MSW from Loyola University Chicago, where she too was an honorary ChildLaw Fellow. She is currently completing an LLM in health law.

Dr. Michael Naylor is an associate professor of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. He is the director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the director of the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program, a program formed by contract between the Department of Children and Family Services and UIC to address the mental health needs of the most severely disturbed state wards. Dr. Naylor directs the Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology Program at UIC and consults with the DCFS Psychotropic Medication Consent Line regarding psychotropic medication consents for youth in state custody. He received the 2008 Norbert and Charlotte Rieger Service Program Award for Excellence as the director of the Behavioral Health and Welfare Program. He received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.