Day 1 of the Zealous Advocacy Conference!


Rep. Armando Walle (House District 140) speaks to juvenile advocates at the 14th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference

This year’s Conference topic is the Intersection of Race, Gender, Adolescent Development, and Juvenile Justice. This morning, we had the pleasure of hosting the Honorable Darlene Byrne as our Keynote Speaker. Judge Byrne’s presentation addressed the need to make the juvenile court system a more dignified and less traumatizing process for both children and parents.

Now, Representative Armando Walle (House District 140) and Representative Gene Wu (House District 137) are holding a Legislative Session. Representative Walle made an important point that all attorneys working with children should keep in mind: “children don’t have lobbyists.”

We are excited for our remaining presentations this afternoon,  including a judicial panel on Crossover Youth from the Honorable Michael Schneider and Honorable Katrina Griffith.

By Brittany Vanek, Student Staff

Lauren Fisher

About Lauren Fisher

Lauren Fisher Flores is a recent graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Lauren received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her Masters in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Before entering law school, she worked at the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBAR) where she provided legal services and "Know Your Rights" to detained immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border. During law school, she clerked with the Family Law Department of the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City and the Juvenile Public Defender in Maricopa County.

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