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Mitchell Hamline Symposiums

Speaker: Natalie Netzel

Natalie Netzel is the Education and Advocacy Director of the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She joined the Institute to Transform Child Protection as a staff attorney in August of 2016. Natalie works directly with law and social work students in the Child Protection Clinic in representation of parents in child protection cases. She also supports institute training, research, and community engagement events. Additionally, Natalie serves as the Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Prior to joining the Institute to Transform Child Protection, Natalie was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals. She received her B.A. from Hamline University, her M.S.E. in counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Speaker: Miriam Itzkowitz

Miriam Itzkowitz, MSW, LICSW is Director of Trauma-Informed Care at the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In this role, Miriam develops and implements best practices for the intersection of legal services and trauma-responsive care. She also serves as the social work supervisor in the Child Protection Clinic working with graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented in the Clinic. Miriam's clinical experience is in counseling adults and adolescents in clinical, home, and school settings. Miriam maintains a private psychotherapy practice, IS Counseling, where she uses an eclectic approach to individual and couples therapy, incorporating cognitive, creative and holistic techniques to assist clients in sustaining authentic identities, coping with difficulties and overcoming trauma. Prior to her work at ITCP, Miriam was a faculty member in the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas where she remains an adjunct professor.