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2017 Pro Bono Award Winners Announced

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy (formerly Legal Services of Southern Piedmont), Council for Children’s Rights, and Legal Aid of North Carolina will host the sixth annual Pro Bono Awards  on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the Mint Museum Uptown.   The awards...

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Voter Information – Election 2017

General Election Schedule Voter Registration Deadline Friday, October 13, 2017 Registration Form EARLY VOTING:  Begins: Thursday, October 19, 2017  -  Ends: Saturday, November 4, 2017 ABSENTEE VOTING: First day of absentee voting by mail - October 6, 2017 Last day of...

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Helping Children Cope After a Hurricane

While Hurricane Irma did not affect our local community as severely as others, our region has been deeply affected. You may know someone who could benefit from these helpful guides published by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for parents, teachers and...

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Editorial: Moving Forward Together for Children

by Bob Simmons, executive director Council for Children's Rights It is already the middle of August. Where does the time go? For K-12 students, August combines the exhilarating freedom of a waning summer vacation with the looming excitement of a new school year. As...

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A New and Expanded Season for First Wednesday Workshops

School is starting up again here in Mecklenburg County and Council for Children’s Rights wants to help families get off to a strong start.  Our First Wednesdays series begins its new season of special education and school discipline workshops on September 6 with great...

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Carolyn Brown Retires After 30 Years at the Council

It was supposed to be a temporary job – just filling in for a couple of weeks at what was then Council for Children.  But that two-week temp job turned into a decades long career for the Council’s Director of Administration, Carolyn Brown. What happened?  “I fell in...

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Raise the Age is A Reality in North Carolina

As you may have heard, last week both the NC House and Senate passed the State budget, which included raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 15 to 17 years of age beginning in December 2019. While Governor Cooper vetoed the budget this week, both chambers...

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Juvenile Defenders Reflect – NC Bar Journal

The May edition of the North Carolina Bar Journal features an article entitled “Juvenile Defenders Reflect on Their Careers and 50 Years Since.”  Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry interviews a panel featuring  Barbara Fedders, assistant professor at UNC School of Law and...

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Food, Fellowship, and Philanthropy Meet the Challenge

Challenge grant from The Leon Levine Foundation inspires $82,000 for children in need.  On June 6, CFCR board member Leslie Schlernitzauer and her husband Bruce hosted 57 CFCR friends and supporters for a dinner to commemorate the 50th anniversary of In re Gault, the...

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Charlotte Talks Takes on #Gault and Raise the Age

Public radio station WFAE welcomed Council Executive Director Bob Simmons, District Court Judge Elizabeth Trosch, and Asst. Public Defender Mujtaba Mohammed to the Charlotte Talks studios this morning for a program focusing on juvenile justice issues and reform. Fifty...

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