Karen Worthington

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Karen Worthington
  • Role: Senior Fellow
  • Education: JD, Emory University
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KAREN L. WORTHINGTON is a nationally recognized children’s law expert working on behalf of court-involved children and children at risk of committing crimes or being victimized. She was the founding director of the Barton Child Law & Policy Center at Emory Law, a multi-disciplinary children’s law center dedicated to improving systems that work with court-involved children and their families in Georgia. During her ten-years as Center director, she also served as a senior fellow with the Center for Study of Law and Religion at Emory Law (2003-present), a Global Affiliated Faculty member of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative at Emory University (2010-present), completed Emory University’s first Academic Leadership Program class (2008-2009), and directed the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, a regional support center for attorneys and other professionals defending children accused of breaking the law (2001-2005). She was also a founding board member of the Interfaith Children’s Movement ( Worthington has authored and edited several publications about court-involved children, including the book What is Right for Children?  The Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights, co-edited with Martha Albertson Fineman. Worthington has worked on children’s issues at the local, state, national, and international level and received the National Association of Counsel for Children Outstanding Legal Advocacy Award in 2009.

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  • Lecture
    "Youth in Foster Care and Psychotropic Medications: Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes"
    National Association of Counsel for Children- 34th National Child Welfare, Juvenile, and Family Law Conference
    San Diego, CA
    August 2011
  • Lecture
    "Psychotropic Medication of Our Clients: What’s to be done?"
    ABA National Conference on Children and the Law
    Washington, D.C.
    July 2011

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