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Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Attending the Together We Can Conference awards night Oct. 14 are, from left, Assistant District Attorney Otha Curtis Nelson; Leslie Lacy, Child Advocacy Program attorney; and CASA Advocate Supervisor Susan Murrell. Lacy received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children and Families Award.

Leslie Lacy, an attorney with the Child Advocacy Program of Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services, received the Catherine Lafleur Legal Advocacy for Children and Families Award at the Together We Can Conference held Oct. 13-15 in Lafayette, a news release said.

Lacy has represented abused and neglected children in foster care in East Baton Rouge Parish for seven years. She advocates for her clients’ best interests, ensures their voices are heard and helps them reach safe, permanent homes, a news release from Capital Area CASA Association said.

The staff of Capital Area CASA Association nominated Lacy for the award. CASA recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who serve as advocates for children in foster care, the release said.

The award was created in memory of Catherine Lafleur, an attorney and law professor who worked to protect abused and neglected children in Louisiana. Lafleur died of cancer in 2006.