2019 National CASA/GAL Conference

June 1, 2019 through June 4, 2019
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  • 01 June
  • 02 June
  • 03 June
  • 04 June

Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 08:00 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 09:00 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 09:30 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 02:00 PM

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka

New York Times best-selling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and a deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars™: Jedi Academy: A New Class. His most recent book, Hey, Kiddo (Oct 2018), is a graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Hey, Kiddo was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson is one of the country's most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently spearheaded the opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the first national memorial to victims of white supremacy.

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative and one of the most acclaimed and respected lawyers in the nation. His memoir, Just Mercy, is the story of a young lawyer fighting on the frontlines of a country in thrall to extreme punishments and careless justice. It is an inspiring story of unbreakable humanity in the most desperate circumstances, and a powerful indictment of our broken justice system and the twisted values that allow it to continue.

Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu has called Stevenson “America’s young Nelson Mandela.” His work on individual cases has generated national attention and his efforts have reversed death penalties for dozens of condemned prisoners. EJI recently won an historic ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court holding that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional. Stevenson’s remarkable twenty-minute TED Talk on the subject of injustice has been viewed over 4 million times on the TED website and over 700k times on YouTube; The New Yorker named it one of five essential TED Talks.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1985, Stevenson moved to the South, a region on the verge of a crisis: the states were speeding up executions, but many of the condemned lacked anyone to represent them. On a shoestring budget he started the Equal Justice Initiative, a law practice dedicated to defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The cases he took on would change Stevenson’s life and transform his understanding of justice and mercy forever.

In April 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative opened the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Designed to show how our nation’s history of slavery, lynching, and discrimination set the stage for modern-day injustices such as mass incarceration and police brutality, the Legacy Museum serves as a center of public information and an overdue memorial to victims of racial violence. The EJI also released Segregation in America, a companion website that explores the lesser known narratives of dozens of national leaders who advocated for segregation and white supremacy. The website is meant to focus on the people who supported racial inequality to help define the challenges that still affect racial tensions today.

Stevenson is the recipient of numerous awards, including the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant and the NAACP Image Award for Best Non-Fiction, and was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People for 2015. Stevenson is a tenured law professor at New York University School of Law. He was named in Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list, and served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing. He was recently asked by Starbucks to advise on curriculum for its nationwide day of racial bias education.

Become a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor at National CASA/GAL Conference

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) hosts the leading forum for best-interest advocacy in the country. This national conference brings together representatives from the organization’s nearly 950-program network, including staff, volunteers, leaders, attorneys, judges and other professionals, who are committed to promoting best-interest advocacy for the nation’s most vulnerable children.

Each year, the annual conference brings together more than 1,200 people to gain valuable insights while learning about best practices, innovations and trends in the child welfare field. The expert speakers are inspiring, the sessions are educational and the participants are equipped with resources that help them further advance the organization’s mission.

The 2019 conference, May 31 - June 4 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, will focus on an important issue in the child welfare field: family reunification. The importance of the family in a child’s life cannot be overstated, and volunteer advocates, in making recommendations to the court, weigh that knowledge and the availability of services to support reunification against the realities of individual families’ circumstances.

The CASA network includes more than 85,000 CASA volunteer members (called guardians ad litem—or GALs—in some states), who work in concert with the court, judges, social workers and others to represent the best interest of more than a quarter-million children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Since its inception in 1977, CASA volunteers have provided an invaluable perspective to judges, while providing consistency for children going through a traumatic and
unstable period.

As a National CASA conference partner, you will have the opportunity to help further our important mission, while bringing your message to industry thought leaders, gaining brand exposure and making a positive impact on the lives of children.

There are at least two ways you can partner with National CASA to support our annual conference:
• Become a sponsor
• Become an exhibitor

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider supporting the conference:
• The conference is the leading forum for best-interest advocacy
• Attendees are organizational leaders and working professionals
• Participants seek out new information and services
• It’s an opportunity to make a difference and take a leadership position on critical issues affecting children and our shared future.

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2019 CASA GAL Annual Conference Opportunities.pdf Download Link

The Franklin and Anna Rolapp Trust

Contributing Sponsor
“Supporting key initiatives that improve the outcomes of youth in foster care, especially those in the LGBTQ Community.”


Contributing Sponsor
Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, allows organizations, governments, and people to secure their most important data wherever it lives. Enterprises across the world rely on Symantec for integrated cyber defense against sophisticated attacks across endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud.

More than 50 million people and families rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock Digital Safety Platform to help protect their personal information, devices, home networks, and identities at home and across their devices.


Community Brands

Community Brands is the leading provider of cloud-based software to associations, nonprofits, faith-based groups, and K-12 schools. With 2,000 employees serving over 100,000 clients in 30 countries, we help organizations grow stronger and achieve their missions.

Organizations adopt Community Brands software to manage memberships, career centers, learning, accounting, mobile giving, peer-to-peer fundraising, donations, admissions, enrollments and events. Using these solutions, customers of all sizes create meaningful and lasting experiences for their members, donors, students, and volunteers.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

For nearly 30 years, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance has been growing quietly within the nonprofit sector, helping nonprofits make efficient use of their insurance dollars and reducing accidents and injury.

By keeping nonprofit funds in our sector and working together to lower our risks, money is redirected into services in our communities that otherwise would end up as executive bonuses and shareholder profits.

Nonprofits Insurance Alliance exists only to serve the charitable nonprofit community. Savings are passed on to our member nonprofits through fair and stable pricing, free and highly discounted loss control services and, when results are better than expected, through the payment of generous dividends. We now set the standard for coverages and services for the nonprofit sector in the insurance marketplace.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.


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Opening Welcome Reception

05:00 PM 08:00 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 09:00 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 09:30 PM

Conference Experience

08:00 AM 02:00 PM