Children’s Justice Attorney Education Program 

The Children’s Justice Attorney Education program (CJAE) was created by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Center on Children, Families, and the Law and Nebraska Law. This innovative fellowship program will provide extensive training, expert case consultation, and reflective practice to transform legal representation for vulnerable children across the state. Michelle Paxton, Director of the Children’s Justice Clinic (CJC) and the CJAE, developed the program based on the CJC’s successful approach, which provides comprehensive training to law students as they become Guardians ad Litem. Similarly, the attorney program will improve the availability and quality of legal representation for children and families in rural communities, including underrepresented low-income, Latinx, and Indigenous populations. The CJAE is partnering with Legal Aid Nebraska to assist in program development and management. The CJAE will work to educate and empower rural attorneys to become high-quality child welfare advocates across Nebraska.