J.D., University of Georgia School of Law
B.A., Clark Atlanta University
Caren Cloud is the staff attorney for the Truancy Intervention Project Georgia (TIP Georgia), a dropout prevention program serving the state of Georgia. A graduate of Clark Atlanta University and the University of Georgia School of Law, she has worked in child advocacy for the past 15 years. Her responsibilities include representing and counseling youth offenders in truancy and delinquency hearings, serving as a guardian ad litem, representing students in school disciplinary hearings and providing training and support to volunteer attorneys in truancy and related matters.
She is also regularly called upon to assist with the representation of youth not participating in the Truancy Intervention Project and to work with other staff attorneys on legal research. She serves on the Fulton County Juvenile Court’s CHINS Committee and is regularly asked to speak on the new CHINS section of the Juvenile Code.
In addition to her work with TIP, Cloud has served as an investigator for the Dekalb County Child Advocate’s Office, a Guardian ad litem in child custody and divorce cases, a special Guardian ad litem in dependency matters and as a child advocate attorney with Fulton County Juvenile Court. She has also represented parents in dependency matters and other related legal matters.
Most recently, Cloud has participated in efforts to pass and implement the new Juvenile Code in Georgia. A native Atlantan, she has also utilized personal contacts to raise funds for TIP, recruit volunteers and increase public awareness through friends working in Atlanta media outlets. In addition to her direct client representation, Cloud has presented at local community meetings and juvenile justice conferences throughout the state and Southeast and supervised dozens of law students, who have gone on to embark on careers in public interest of their own.
Cloud is the recipient of the several awards including Best Service to the Public, Georgia Young Lawyers Division (2002-03) , Child Advocate Award, Delinquency-Legal Advocate, State Bar of Georgia YLD Juvenile Law Committee (2010) and the Fred Gray Social Justice Award, John Marshall Law School (2010). She has also served as a member-at- large on the YLD’s Juvenile Law Committee, Chair of the YLD’s Truancy Committee, member of the Atlanta Bar Association’s Council of Younger Lawyers, Director of Children’s Programs for the State Bar YLD’s Board of Director’s, a member of the JUST Georgia Coalition and of the Fulton County Juvenile Court’s Education Advocacy Committee.