13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference
Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014


 About the 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.

  • Location: University of Houston Law Center (Click for address and directions)
  • Date: Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16, 2014
  • CLE Hours:
    • likely 14 hours with 2 ethics hours
    • We will apply to have this course approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for certification and recertification continuing legal education requirements for attorneys and legal assistants in the Juvenile Law specialty field.
  • Schedule of Events (subject to change)
    • Coming Soon
  • Featured Speakers:
      • Ben Brown
        Oklahoma City Public Defender Office
      • Professor Jill Campbell
        University of Houston Law Center
      • Kim Dvorchak
        Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition
      • Hon. Angela Ellis
        Associate Judge, 315th District Juvenile Court of Texas
      • Sarah Guidry
        Executive Director, Earl Carl Institute, Texas Southern University
      • Bart Lubow
        Director, Annie E. Casey Foundation JDAI Project
      • Professor Ellen Marrus
        University of Houston Law Center
      • Professor Malikah Marrus
        Missouri State University
      • Professor Susham Modi
        University of Houston Law Center
      • Chris Phillis
        Director, Maricopa County Office of the Public Advocate
      • Professor Gwyneth Rost
        University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Linguistics Department
      • Hon. Michael Schneider
        Presiding Judge of the 315th District Court
      • Pamela Vickrey
        Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys

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Free for University of Houston Students

  • We are happy to waive registration fees for current University of Houston students.
  • To register: e-mail us and we'll place you on the registration list.
  • J.D. and L.L.M. students from other law schools can attend for $50. E-mail us for more information.

Register Early and Save

  • $80 if you pre-register by May 2, 2014
  • $200 if you register after May 2, 2014

Register Online Through Paypal

  • All paid registration includes a 2-day Visitor Parking Pass (we will mail your parking pass for all registrations prior to the conference).

Attorneys & Other Attendees:

  • Price: $80 (May 2, 2014 and before)
  • Price: $200 (After May 2, 2014)
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Register by Mail

  • Print and return the Printable Registration Form in our Conference Brochure.
  • Include your registration check payable to "UHLC/CCLP"
  • Send the form and payment check to:
    • University of Houston Law Center
      Center for Children, Law & Policy
      100 Law Center
      Houston, TX 77204-6060
  • Please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you have any questions or concerns!