New Mexico Children’s Law Institute

2022 Children’s Law Institute Virtual Conference

 January 12-14, 2022

Visit the 2022 CLI  information and registration site at the link below.

About the 2022 CLI Conference

This year’s theme is “Finding Our Rhythm.” The 29th annual Children’s Law Institute seeks to cultivate awareness, empathy, and enthusiasm as we find our rhythm in the collective process of transforming child welfare and juvenile justice to truly benefit those we serve.

Over the past several years, the New Mexico Children’s Law Institute has carried the cadence of systems change with an emphasis on prevention, support, and radical acceptance. Committed stakeholders from far and wide have joined the chorus, lending their hearts, minds, and voices to the call for a collaborative approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the community.

This year we’ll dive into the details of realizing the transformed practice we envisioned– a practice rooted in love and dignity. What does innovative systems change look like on the ground? What changes are working?  Where have we struggled with implementing our vision? What resources and reserves are still needed as we engage in this transformative work? 

2022 CLI Conference Quickview 

For the full conference program and link to register please click the button below. 

What is the New Mexico 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.

Conference Fees & Payment Information

Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards

Each year the Children’s Law Institute takes time to honor the hard working individuals of the community for their commitment, dedication, leadership, knowledge, and integrity. Visit the Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice Excellence Awards Page

Nominations Are Now Open for 2022 

CLI Continuing Education Credits

For access to CEU records contact us at

For access to CLE and CJE records contact Beth Gillia at