It’s the second day of the 13th Annual Zealous Advocacy Conference here at the University of Houston Law Center! Mr. Larry McClaugherty, a pharmacist and owner at McClaugherty Consulting Services opened the conference with a discussion on psychotropic medications and children. Next, Professors Jill Campbell and Susham Modi, clinical supervising attorneys for the Immigration Clinic at the University of Houston Law Center, will follow with a presentation on immigration and juvenile law. Professor Campbell has conducted various outreach programs throughout the Houston area on the subject of immigrant victims of crime and human trafficking, including training programs with women’s crisis centers, law enforcement agencies, and victims’ services organizations. Prior to beginning at the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Modi worked as an advocate attorney at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program. During lunch, the Center’s own Sarah Muckleroy, a recent graduate of the law center, will be given the Napoleon Beazley Defender Award. This award recognizes the efforts of a graduating law student who is committed to working on behalf of the defense of children in the southwest region of the United States. After lunch, Ms. Kim Dvorchak, executive director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition, will speak about legislative and case law updates. Professor Ellen Marrus and Ms. Chris Phillis, director of the Maricopa County Public Advocate, will follow with an interactive game of ethics jeopardy. Ms. Sarah Guidry, executive director of the Earl Carl Institute at Texas Southern University and Ms. Deborah Fowler, deputy director of Texas Appleseed, will present on defending against school-based misdemeanors. Honorable Michael Schneider of the 315th juvenile district court in Harris County and Dr. Olivia McGill will speak about specialty courts, the what, why, who, and how?
About Alexandra Wolf
Alex Wolf is a third year law student at the University of Houston Law Center. In 2010, she received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to attending law school, Alex worked as a paralegal at the Lanier Law Firm’s Los Angeles office. During college, Alex interned for Covenant House Texas, a shelter for at-risk youth as well as for Conscious Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating hunger for children and adults alike. Alex also served as an undergraduate research assistant analyzing deviant and suicidal tendencies and behaviors. This summer, Alex worked as a law clerk for Berg & Androphy, a firm specializing in white-collar defense and qui tam actions. Alex is on the Houston Journal of International Law and serves as secretary for the Immigration and Human Rights Law Society.