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Beth Gillia, (left) director, UNM Corinne Wolfe Children's Law Center, receives the Outstanding Program Award from State Bar President Erika Anderson.

The University of New Mexico School of Law Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center received the 2014 Outstanding Program Award from the State Bar of New Mexico. The award was presented at the recent State Bar annual meeting.

“The Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center provides exceptional training, technical assistance, resources and services to improve the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in New Mexico benefitting the state’s most vulnerable children,” Joe Conte, executive director, State Bar, said.

CLC works very closely with lawyers, judges and others in the field to provide training that responds to the specific needs of New Mexico’s children’s law professionals and volunteers statewide. CLC’s training on civil child abuse and neglect proceedings enables participants to more effectively address child safety and well-being and to expedite permanent placement for the children and youth in state custody; CLC training and resources on juvenile justice enable participants to better perform their functions, with the ultimate goals of increased public safety, increased rates of rehabilitation and decreased recidivism.

The New Mexico Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Network, volunteers throughout the U.S. who advocate for abused and neglected children, is among the organizations receiving training from CLC. “The Corinne Wolfe Children’s Law Center pushes us to be better tomorrow than we are today for the sake of New Mexico’s children and families,” CASA Program Director Ellen L. Genné said.

Pam Lambert, manager of the Institute of Public Law at the UNM School of Law, said that the number of targeted educational programs and comprehensive resource manuals, direct technical assistance and mentoring the CLC produces is impressive. “These achievements are remarkable given the CLC’s very small budget and very few staff members, who nonetheless unwaveringly demonstrate daily passion and commitment to the audiences they serve,” Lambert said.