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June 15, 2012

ABA Center for CLE Honored With Industry Award

The Association for Continuing Legal Education will honor the _ Center for Continuing Legal Education with the Award of Professional Excellence in the Public Interest category for the 2012 ACLEA’s Best Awards during the group’s annual meeting July 31 at the Westin Denver Downtown.

The CLE submission, “Recognizing and Addressing LGBTQ Issues in Your Children’s Law Caseload,” earned the honor.  The CLE was sponsored by the association’s Section of Litigation and Center for Continuing Legal Education.  The program covered core concepts of representing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning youths, complications with legal rights of youths, advocacy post-disposition and resources for lawyers.

“LGBTQ youths are overrepresented in both the child-welfare and the juvenile-justice system as well as the homeless population,” said Cathy Krebs, director, ABA Section of Litigation, Children’s Rights Committee.  “The Section of Litigation recognized the important role that lawyers and judges play for these youths who are two to four times more likely to attempt suicide than non-LGBTQ youths.  The training provided attorneys across the country with the best practices for providing high-quality representation for this unique population.”

It is estimated that 4 percent to 10 percent of youths in state care identify as LGBTQ; 15 percent of youths in detention have a lesbian, gay or bisexual sexual orientation; and 25 percent to 40 percent of homeless youths are LGBTQ.  The LGBTQ Issues program offered 307 lawyers free training and one and a half hours of CLE credit.  The 90-minute webinar is available here.

“The Center is proud to continue to support the efforts of the ABA’s content-producing entities by providing an efficient and high-quality way of delivering distance learning, including programs like this that require video support,” said Jill Eckert McCall, director, ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education. “Kudos to all who helped in the production of this program, and thank you to the hundreds of people who attended.”

The ABA Center for CLE is able to work with all ABA content-producing entities on their program efforts, whether delivered face to face or at a distance.  The Center produces more than 250 programs each year.  Today, the Center partners with approximately 40 ABA entities and produces more than 75 percent of the ABA’s total distance-learning portfolio.

To view other ACLEA awards the Center earned, click here.