Melissa Little Draft Resolution Supporting Student Mental Health Passes ABA House of Delegates

In February, Melissa Little, an attorney with Blankingship & Keith, P.C. and a member of the firm’s Education Law and Litigation Group, traveled to Austin, Texas to speak before the American Bar Association House of Delegates (HOD) concerning a resolution she drafted (Resolution 119). This resolution urges federal, state, and local governments to allocate funding for in-school mental health initiatives for youth experiencing racism or living in poverty and/or high crime communities. This resolution focuses on youth that are susceptible to multiple or prolonged traumas, but unlikely to have access to mental health supports or culturally responsive mental health services. As a result of Melissa’s effort, on February 17, 2020, the HOD adopted this resolution as ABA policy.