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2020 Oregon Indian Child Welfare Act - Access to Justice - Addie Smith (Specialty)

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September 3, 2020 • Via Zoom

An interactive overview of the Oregon ICWA law (online here) passed in the June 2020 special session. Briefly describes the process that led to the laws' passage and highlight key differences between the Federal ICWA (and current practice) and the new law. 

Access to Justice
Presented by Addie Smith, Senior Consultant, Whitener Group
(1 access to justice credit)

Presenter Addie Smith was the staff attorney for the National Indian Child Welfare Association where she, along with the NARF Supreme Court Project, coordinated the response and amicus briefs in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. She then worked as a staff attorney at Youth, Rights & Justice where she represented children, youth, and parents in Oregon's Court of Appeals. She now primarily works as a Senior Consultant with the Whitener Group where she collaborates with tribes to assess and strengthen their justice systems. Immediately prior to joining TWG, Addie was counsel for the Judiciary Committees of the Oregon State Legislature where she coordinated the legislative work group that devised the Oregon Indian Child Welfare Act and other pieces of child welfare and juvenile justice legislation. Addie has published numerous articles related to the Indian Child Welfare Act including an annual collaboration with Professor Kate Fort that summarizes yearly trends ICWA cases nationwide for the American Indian Law Journal. 

Recorded September 3, 2020.

Qualifies for 1 access to justice credit.

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