Lawyering by Design: Defining High-Quality Legal Representation in Partnership with Youth – Recorded 6.9.22

Join us as the National Association of Counsel for Children’s Legal Director, Allison Green and Youth Engagement Manager Cristal Ramirez share the NACC’s recently released Recommendations for the Legal Representation of Children and Youth in Neglect & Abuse Proceedings (linked below). They will review the 10 primary duties for children’s attorneys and explain the lived experience
perspectives that shaped each one. Special focus will be given to areas that pose the greatest potential for the field (ex. sharp increase in out of-court client contact). Finally, the session will encourage attendees to use the Recommendations and user-centered design methodology as a starting point for revamping practices, training, and supervision in their own communities.



CLE & certificate of participation

PPT Presentation

Liberatory Design Mindset

NACC Lived Experience Tip Sheet

Recommendations for Legal Representation of Children and Youth in Neglect and Abuse Proceedings


CLE Number: 5941


CLE: 1.0 General, 0.5 Ethics

Certification Credits: 1.0 Juvenile Law 

Approval period: 6.9.2022 – 12.31.2023


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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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