PAAC Advanced CLE 11.14.14

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All available materials will be accessible using the links on the agenda topics below. An agenda topic listed without a link means the presenter did not use materials, or that the the materials are not yet available.

8:30 - 9:00am National Update
Presenter: Darice M. Good, JD, CWLS, Chair of the Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee

9:00 - 10:00am Trolling for Test Cases:  What Needs to Be Appealed in Georgia
Giving Parents a Voice
Presenter: Diana Rugh Johnson, JD, CWLS

10:00 - 11:00am 
Appellate Law Update and What’s on the Horizon for 2015.
Presenter: Diana Rugh Johnson, JD, CWLS

11:00- 11:10am Break

11:10 - 12:10pm Parent Voice: Panel Discussion and Parent Navigator Presentation

Moderated by Colleen Puckett, Legal Assistant and Parent Navigator

12:10p – 12:40pm LUNCH (NOTE:  Day-Of Registrants are responsible for lunch on their own, and will not receive a boxed lunch)

12:40 - 2:40pm A View From the Bench: Professionalism Makes the Difference in Effective Parent Attorneys (Professionalism hour); Ethics in Parent Representation (Ethics hour)
Presenter: Honorable Judge Vincent C. Crawford, DeKalb Juvenile Court

2:40 - 2:50pm Break

2:50-3:50pm Five Skills for Managing the Stress of the Subject Matter, and the Stress of the System.
Panelists: Emma Brown-Bernstein, JD; Shani Brooks, JD; Tara-Anne Canada, JD; Kamau Hull, JD; Rita Madden, JD; Melaniece McKnight, JD
Moderated by Michelle LeGault, JD

PAAC Quarterly Meeting 12/4/14

December 4, 2014
12:00 pmto2:00 pm

The Quarterly PAAC meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, December 4th at 12:00pm.  All members are invited to attend in-person or through conference call.

Georgia Public Defender Standards Council 
Conference Room 
104 Marietta Street NW, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303

Conference Call:
Dial-in Number: 213-416-1560
Attendee PIN: 291 311 495#

Advanced CLE Training Seminar: Registration Closing Soon

The deadline to register for the Advanced CLE Training Seminar is Friday, November 7th.  Seating is still available.  Click here to register today.

Presenter:  Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee
Seminar Date:  Friday, November 14, 2014
Topic:  Advanced CLE Training Seminar
CLE Credits applied for: 6.5 total (including 1 professionalism, 1 ethics)

DeKalb County Juvenile Justice Center
First Floor Classroom
4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

Time: 8:30am – 3:50pm

Click here for the most updated agenda

Please contact with questions regarding this event.

Raise Your Bar Conference

February 26, 2015
9:00 amto5:00 pm

February 26, 2015
9a - 5p
Emory University Conference Center

The Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children is sponsoring a one-day seminar titled “Raise Your Bar” on Feb. 26th in Atlanta.  The seminar will focus on raising the bar of attorney performance for all parties in dependency cases.   National speakers include Don Duquette of U. Mich., Kathy Krebs and Mimi Laver of the ABA, Ira Lustbader of Children’s Rights, and Kendall Marlowe of the National Association of Counsel for Children.  CLE hours have been applied for.  Register early to save your spot.

More information and on-line information are available here.
If you are a member of the court improvement team, contact Michelle Barclay for a discount.

State Response to Complex Trauma Summit

December 12, 2014

 Tifton Complex Trauma Summit

On December 12, 2014 The University of Georgia in Tifton will host the fourth and final installment of Our State Response to Complex Trauma Summit. The keynote speaker will be our renowned colleague and friend, Judge Peggy Walker, President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Please register here and share this opportunity with your networks. This summit will feature a distinguished panel of our state’s leadership. Panelists include Interim DFCS Director Bobby Cagle, Dr. Lisa Dawson of GA Department of Public Health, Dr. Christy Doyle of GA Department of Juvenile Justice, Dr. Jerry Dubberly of Department of Community Health, Dr. Linda Henderson-Smith of GA Department Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Dr. Garry McGiboney of GA Department of Education.

Please view this 5-minute video narrated by NCJFCJ President Judge Peggy Walker, depicting a call to action for the legal community to learn as much as possible about brain science to make sure our law and policy are aligned with the focus on the latest information for building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health and behavior.

Juvenile Code and Cocktails

November 13, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Date: November 13, 2014
Time6:00p - 9:00p
Address: Hudson Grille Midtown, 942 Peachtree Street

You’re invited! The YLD Juvenile Law Committee is co-hosting a social with the Child Protection and Advocacy Section to benefit their annual foster youth toy drive on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at Hudson Grille Midtown. This mixer will give professionals working in Juvenile Law a chance to discuss the revised Juvenile Code with their friends and colleagues. Please bring at least one toy/gift to the event, which will be given out to displaced foster youth during the holiday season.  Please include gifts that are appropriate for teenagers. Gift cards are welcome.  To RSVP or to make a donation, please email Mark Brooks at