Improving the Lives of Children Through Advocacy

November 3, 2017

‘Improving the Lives of Children Through Advocacy’

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU Dedman School of Law’s W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights  and the Dallas Bar Association have collaborated to host an education symposium to focus on “Improving the Lives of Children Through Advocacy.”
The Nov. 9 event at the Belo Mansion & Pavilion will bring together community leaders and educators from across the region to discuss such issues as trauma-informed classrooms, cybersecurity, a legislative update for educators, a step-by-step guide to foster youth education continuity and more.
 “This symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of people working to attain educational success for all children.  The more cooperation and communication between the adults in the child’s life, the better we can meet the educational needs of that child, whether he or she is in a traditional family, a foster home, homeless, or has special needs.  Our symposium opens those lines of communication,” said Diane M. Sumoski, Esq., the Director of the Institute as well as the Director and Supervising Attorney of SMU Law’s W.W. Caruth, Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic.
Keynote speaker will be Jackie Davis, co-founder of the award-winning organization Persevere Until Success Happens, and supervisor at Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (Dallas CASA). The Jack Lowe, Sr. Award for Community Leadership also will be presented at the symposium.
WHAT:          “Improving the Lives of Children Through Advocacy” education symposium  and Jack    Lowe, Sr., Award for Community Leadership, sponsored by SMU  Dedman Law School’s W.W. Caruth, Jr., Institute for Children’s Rights in partnership with the Dallas Bar Association.
WHEN:          Thurs., Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m.– 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:        Belo Mansion & Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave, Dallas
DETAILS:     For complete symposium schedule, click here.
MEDIA:         For related interviews and confirm attendance/parking details,
contact Lynn Dempsey at or 214-768-8617
The W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights at SMU Dedman School of Law has a mission to pursue innovative, bold theories and projects to address the fundamental, overarching challenges of child abuse and neglect. The Institute has set its current focus on education advocacy for children in the child welfare system.
The School of Law at SMU, founded in 1925, was named Dedman School of Law in 2001 in honor of Dallas benefactors Nancy and Robert H. Dedman, Sr., and their family. SMU Dedman Law enjoys a national and international reputation of distinction. It is among the most competitive law schools in the country for admission, as well as one of the most successful in the placement of its graduates.
The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 11,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at
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