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The mission of the Center for Children, Law & Policy is to engage in legal and interdisciplinary scholarship, advocacy and teaching to advance the interest of children through public policy. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or suggestions.

Professor Ellen MarrusLearn more about our work

Zealous Advocacy Conference

The Zealous Advocacy Conference, now in its 13th year, is an annual training seminar organized by the Center for Children, Law & Policy and the Southwest Juvenile Defender Center. The conference is the premier professional development training for juvenile public defense attorneys practicing in the Southwestern United States. Click here to register.

Child Advocacy Lab Program

Starting in January 2014, CCLP will represent Houston children in long-term foster care who currently have no one to turn to for help. Law students, under the supervision of CCLP Director Ellen Marrus and supervising attorneys, put skills learned in the classroom into practice by zealously advocating on behalf of their clients. More about this program


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Scholar Spotlight

Sarah MuckleroySarah Muckleroy is a third year student at the University of Houston Law Center. She graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a B.A. in Media Studies and Art History. Last summer she interned for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office-Juvenile Division. Her main interest is juvenile delinquency.

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Collateral ConsequencesDownload our one-page, easy-to-read guide on the Collateral Consequences that affect children involved in the juvenile justice system. View More Resources