The Importance of Representing Children
Our managing partner Ben Rubinowitz has been asked by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy to join a group of experts throughout the country to teach lawyers to become Child Advocate Attorneys. The program, sponsored by Facebook, Baker McKenzie and NITA, will teach Corporate in-house and Public Interest Advocates how to represent vulnerable youth in children’s cases involving immigration, child welfare, juvenile justice, education and substance abuse cases. “More than ever these children need good, solid representation,” said Ben Rubinowitz “especially with what is going on with the unfortunate child separation policy recently enacted by our government. Clearly, these children have no idea how to navigate their way through the legal system and can suffer life long injuries if not represented properly. I am honored to be a part of this program.” Rubinowitz, who is donating his time, explained, “These lawyers are truly champions of children”s rights. They will make a difference. I applaud the efforts of Facebook in donating their facility and all the lawyers who are so generously giving their time to help children in their time of need. Some of these children have had their lives turned upside down, some have been forced into prostitution, some have become drug users and many are just too afraid to speak up. This is why advocates are needed.” The program will be held at Facebook’s Menlo Park facility in California from August 21 through August 24, 2018.