NCYL Legal Secretary Ethel Louise ("Lou") Oden-Brown has won an Award Of Merit from the Legal Assistance Association of California for her "exemplary work in improving access to justice!" The LAAC Awards of Merit are the legal services community's opportunity to recognize the importance of legal services and to particularly honor a few of the many who have made contributions to the field during the last year.
NCYL’s summer program for law clerks and interns has been featured in an article by the Daily Journal, one of California’s legal trade publications. This year, the summer program has welcomed 12 students into its midst: nine law clerks, two undergraduate communications interns, and its very first public policy intern. Reporter Ameera Butt spoke with several of these interns, as well as Director John O’Toole, about NCYL’s work in the field of child welfare.
- Peter Edelman
Georgetown Law School Professor and NCYL Board President Peter Edelman has announced the release of his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America. A lifelong antipoverty advocate, Edelman analyzes how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor.
Edelman says the structure of today’s economy has stultified wage growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top.
So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics, and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.
A top adviser to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964 to 1968, Edelman went on to fill various roles in President Bill Clinton’s administration, from which he famously resigned in protest after Clinton signed the 1996 welfare reform legislation.
NCYL launched its 2012 Summer Seminar Series for law students on June 6. The featured speaker was Eva Patterson, President and Co-Founder, Equal Justice Society. The event was hosted by Bingham McCutchen LLP in San Francisco.
- Safety, Stability, and Well-Being of Abused and Neglected Children
NCYL works to reform state foster care systems, promote policies and laws that protect children in foster care, and improve the effectiveness of child advocacy efforts nationwide.
- Financial Stability for Low-Income Families and Children
NCYL works to increase public and private resources intended to help low-income families and children meet their basic needs.
- Quality Health and Mental Health Care
NCYL strives to eliminate barriers to appropriate health and mental health care for low-income children, with a focus on adolescents and at-risk youth.
- Juvenile Justice
NCYL works to ensure that youth in trouble with the law are treated appropriately for their age and capacity to change. NCYL promotes reforms that both keep youth from entering the juvenile justice system and protect the safety and welfare of youth in custody.
NCYL fights in court on behalf of thousands of low-income children through class action lawsuits, and promotes programs, laws, and public policies that serve their best interests.
NCYL has played a critical role in expanding children's access to health and mental health care, improving the quality of foster care in states across the country, and keeping at-risk youth out of juvenile prisons by helping them get the support and training they need to become self-sufficient adults.
The law can offer hope and help for vulnerable children and youth, but children need advocates to make these laws work for them. NCYL speaks for those children and their families, insisting that they receive the benefit of laws that offer them access to safety, shelter, health care, and hope for a better future.
Our advocacy takes a variety of forms, including:
NCYL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1970. NCYL's work on behalf of poor children is made possible by the generous support of our donors.
Individuals or organizations interested in making a charitable contribution can do so online, by mail, or by contacting Nancy Berger at (510) 835-8098, x3008, or nberger(at)youthlaw.org.
Additional information about donations can be found under Support NCYL.
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