President Obama appoints former Children’s Law Center attorney to key post

President Barack Obama made several key appointments on Tuesday, June 4, including one with a University of South Carolina School of Law connection:

Marlene Sallo
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Marlene Sallo, the new Staff Director for the United States Commission on Civil Rights, served as an attorney and trainer at the School of Law’s Children’s Law Center from 2008-2010. During that time, her primary responsibility was to develop and provide training programs for child protection and legal professionals on the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, a federal statute designed to prevent delays in adoption of children based on considerations of race, color, or national origin of the child or prospective parents.

From USC, Sallo went to work at the National Council of La Raza as a Juvenile Justice Policy Fellow from 2010 to 2011, and then on to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. At the Commission, she served as the Special Assistant to the Chairman, who works directly with the Oval Office when civil rights violations have occurred at the cabinet level.

“It was a delight to work with someone so bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated to promoting the rights of children,” said Carolyn Morris, Assistant Director at the Children’s Law Center, who worked with Sallo. “We are thrilled that she has gone on to attain this appointment and confident that her work will continue to improve the lives of many citizens.”

The USC School of Law’s Children’s Law Center is a resource center for South Carolina professionals involved in child maltreatment or juvenile justice court proceedings and child advocates working to improve the safety and well-being of children. The program annually trains more than 10,000 professionals across South Carolina, including attorneys, judges, case workers, guardians ad litem, law enforcement, educators, and other child-serving professionals. Learn more about the Children’s Law Center here.

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