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The mission of the Juvenile Law Section is to provide meaningful support to members of the section. We encourage the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of juvenile law by providing education on best practices and legal developments and promoting fellowship in the practice of juvenile law. The Council for the Juvenile Section is made up of attorneys working in virtually every area of juvenile law: prosecutors, defense counsel, agency attorneys and judges. Join us for $25 annually as we seek an honest and responsive government protecting against crime and violence. We encourage law students and newly licensed attorneys to join for free.

Seeking Nominations for Visionary Leadership Award

The Juvenile Law Section is currently seeking nominations for the Robert O. Dawson Visionary Leadership Award. This award goes to an individual who has unselfishly devoted time to the cause of juvenile justice, specifically, in Texas. Persons deserving nomination are those who advocate for justice for Texas’ juveniles; those who promote legislation advancing the juvenile justice system in the state; or those who advance  the development and/or expansion of juvenile justice programs, funding, and/or access to other innovative options or approaches designed to improve the State’s juvenile justice system and benefit the youth it serves. Nominees may include employees of public, private, or non-profit organizations, elected or appointed officials, or private citizens.
Nominations for the 2018 award are due by November 11, 2017. The 2018 Robert O. Dawson Visionary Leadership Award will be presented at the 31st Annual Robert O. Dawson Juvenile Law Seminar, which will be held at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, February 26 to 28, 2017. To nominate an individual for consideration, please request a Robert O. Dawson Visionary Leadership Award Nomination Form here. Nominations must be received on or before November 11, 2017.

Section Report 2016-2017

The Juvenile Law Section updated its website, added and updated forms for the use of juvenile law practitioners, and sponsored the annual Juvenile Law Conference, which was held in the scenic Texas Hill Country at the Horseshoe Bay Resort on Lake LBJ. Roughly 400 people attended, and the course curriculum and speakers were fantastic. The section watched as the Texas Legislature worked on a number of juvenile justice issues, including juvenile records, records sealing, information sharing between entities having contact with children in the juvenile system, sex offender registration, regionalization, and local and state funding for juvenile services and supervision. The section welcomed its new chair, Kameron Johnson, in June.