Hope is a transformative force to be cultivated, embraced, and shared. Research shows that hope predicts well-being and influences all aspects of our lives, from personal growth to public policy. Our collective embodiment of hope fuels our effort to actualize a system that embraces empathy, recognizes the importance of equity, and holds us accountable to protect and empower New Mexico’s children and families. Let us be inspired by the power of hope as our guiding light for the 31st Children’s Law Institute. Join us for an energizing and thought-provoking conference where we will learn from experts, engage in meaningful discussions, and connect with our peers to celebrate the work of stakeholders committed to creating an empathetic, equitable, and accountable System of Care. Illuminated by the conversations and insights shared in community, and wielding hope throughout a year of review and reform, together we will forge a path toward a brighter future.

Conference Agenda

Virtual & In-Person Agenda

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Meet Our Speakers

CLI 2024 Presenters

Session Descriptions

Subject to change

Available 60 minutes prior to any virtual workshop, including live-stream in-person keynotes.

Virtual Pre-Conference

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 via Zoom
8:30AM-5:00PM Multiple workshops throughout the day with breaks and lunch in between

In-Person Conference

January 10-12, 2024 at Hotel Albuquerque
January 10, 2024
8:00AM Registration Opens
9:00-11:30AM Pre-Conference (pending)
1:00-2:45PM Opening Keynote
3:30-5:00PM Workshops


January 11, 2024
8:30-9:45AM Day 2 Keynote
10:30AM-5:00PM Workshops


January 12, 2024
8:30-10:30AM Workshops
10:30AM-12:30PM Closing Remarks/Excellence Awards/Children’s Art Contest, and Closing Keynote Address



You will be redirected to the registration form where you can select your specific registration type.

Virtual Conference Meeting: Tuesday, January 9th

Conference Fee: $75.00

Choose from eight unique workshops offered over four 90-minute sessions. Includes access to a live stream of the In-Person Keynotes happening on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. CEUs and CLEs pending. 

In-Person Conference: Wednesday, January 10th – Friday, January 12th

The in-person CLI that you know and love, taking place at Hotel Albuquerque. Includes access to the Virtual Meeting on Tuesday. CEUs and CLEs pending.

Registration Type
Conference Fee
Volunteer/Parent/Resource Parent

CLI Scholarship Application

The CLI Scholarship Application has closed for the 2024 Conference. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.


Be a CLI Sponsor! View sponsorship packages and register below.

Yucca Sponsor (Snack Sponsor & Exhibitor)

The limit for this sponsorship has been reached. Please consider selecting one of our other sponsorship packages!

Roadrunner Sponsor (Scholarship Sponsor & Exhibitor)

Price: $500.00


  • Exhibitor table
  • Contribution to the CLI Scholarship Fund that supports youth, parents, and peers to attend CLI
  • Listed in conference program

Green Chile Sponsor (Breakfast Sponsor & Exhibitor)

The limit for this sponsorship has been reached. Please consider selecting one of our other sponsorship packages!

Turquoise Sponsor (Keynote Sponsor & Exhibitor)

Price: $900.00


  • Exhibitor table
  • Poster board sign and presentation slide with your logo during keynote
  • Mentioned in conference app throughout conference
  • Preferential table placement

Limit 3

Other Sponsorship Amount

Any amount contributed to the CLI sponsorship fund will aid in helping young people, parents, and others attend CLI who may not be able to otherwise. Any and all support is appreciated!

Questions? Contact us at: [email protected]
CLI Continuing Education Credits:
For access to CEU records please contact us at: [email protected]
For access to CLE and CJE records please contact Cristen Conley at: [email protected]



Health & Safe Practices

Children’s Law Institute is excited to gather together again in-person! Please remember to use all resources available to keep you, your family, and your community safe. Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations. Masks and social distancing is encouraged. Click here for full health and safety guidelines in New Mexico.

Conference Location

January 10-12, 2024

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

800 Rio Grande Boulevard NW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

Visit hotel website here

About the Children’s Law Institute

Children’s Law Institute (CLI) is a statewide, multi-disciplinary conference addressing issues of importance in child welfare and juvenile justice. Over almost 30 years, it has grown from a small gathering of lawyers to an event attracting over 1,000 educators, child welfare workers, judges, lawyers, juvenile justice personnel, advocates, resource families, young people, lawmakers, and others. The CLI has a well-earned reputation for providing New Mexico with the most up-to-date information on the law, best practices and changing trends locally and nationally, as well as vital opportunities to network and share information.

The CLI is organized in a multi-agency collaboration led by the Children’s Court Improvement Commission of the New Mexico Supreme Court and is sponsored by the Center of Innovation at New Mexico State University, the NM Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) Protective Service and Juvenile Justice Divisions, the UNM Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice, the Rozier E. Sanchez Judicial Education Center, NM CASA and a number of community organizations.

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