MCLE’s Juvenile Delinquency & Child Welfare Law Conference addresses current issues in the juvenile delinquency and child welfare practice areas, with a special focus this year on practical steps to move forward on important topics introduced at prior conferences. Come spend the day with experts who provide an in-depth understanding and practical tools related to issues of race, implicit bias, trauma, adolescent brain development and working with foreign-born clients.
Conference highlights include keynote speaker Dr. Kenneth Hardy who provides insight and practical advice for working with children, youth and parents experiencing the trauma of racial oppression. Our afternoon keynote, Dr. Judith Edersheim, provides the latest research on what is going on in the minds of teens and young adults.
Conference workshops provide the most up-to-date information and practical tools related to language access for clients, immigration law in the new era, and practical tips for reducing our own implicit bias. An expert on mindfulness for lawyers teaches you how to integrate mindfulness practices into your life and work to be more focused, more balanced, and more resilient.
Dr. Kenneth Hardy is a professor of family therapy at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is also director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York where he maintains a private practice specializing in working with at-risk children and their families. He is the former chair of the Department of Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.
Dr. Hardy has provided training and consultation to numerous organizations, agencies and institutions devoted to working with at-risk children and their families. He has also provided training, consultation and supervision to public and private schools throughout the United States and Canada. Dr. Hardy is a frequent presenter at conferences on the topics of at-risk youth, trauma and oppression. He has published prolifically and is the co-author of the following books: Minorities and Family Therapy; Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Violence; and Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Culture.
Dr. Judith Edersheim is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an attending Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Edersheim graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and attended law school at Harvard, where she graduated cum laude. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Sweet, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and practiced law at the firm of Hill and Barlow before returning to Harvard Medical School. She was an intern at the Mount Auburn Hospital and received her clinical psychiatry training at the Cambridge Hospital adult psychiatry residency program. Dr. Edersheim completed a fellowship in the Law and Psychiatry service at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a member of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts and is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Edersheim has performed a wide variety of forensic evaluations in both civil and criminal settings, including evaluations of competencies to stand trial, testamentary capacity, the capacity to make medical decisions, fitness for duty, the assessment of emotional damages, diminished capacity and criminal responsibility. She is a principal lecturer in the forensic psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches forensic psychiatry to adult psychiatry residents at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals Dr. Edersheim teaches extensively in the legal arena, including lectures sponsored by the Boston Bar Association, the Judicial Institute, and the Mental Health Legal Advisor’s Committee She had been a member of several non-profit boards, including the Mental Health Legal Advisor’s Committee and the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University.