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 today at 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

Student Tribunal Hearing Training Seminar

November 20, 2014
8:15 amto12:15 pm

Make your plans now to attend the Student Tribunal Hearing Training seminar. This section sponsored event will be Nov. 20, at the Bar Center in Atlanta.

Topics include:

•    Overview of the Tribunal Process
•    Before the Tribunal
•    Students with Disabilities
•    Preparation for the Tribunal
•    At the Tribunal
•    After the Tribunal

The program qualifies for 6 CLE Hours including 1 Trial Practice Hour. For additional information and to register for this program, visit the ICLE website by clicking here.

GACC Advocacy Participation

The following information was shared by Jane Okrasinski, Executive Director of Georgia Association of Counsel for Children (GACC).

Subject to membership approval, the GACC board has authorized submission on an amicus brief in the case In re B.R.F./B.R.M., a child, Appeal No. A14A1536  (Tom Rawlings for Appellant, Samuel Olens, Dennis Dunn, Shalen Nelson, Penny Hannah, Tammy Griner for Appellee) before the Georgia Court of Appeals.

The brief will take no position on the substantive issues in the case, but will address the preliminary procedural issue: Whether the Court of Appeals has jurisdiction to grant an out-of time application for discretionary appeal in a TPR case.

The brief will argue the indigent parent’s constitutional rights were violated when she was denied assistance of counsel to prepare and submit the request for appellate review and, therefore, the court may receive an out of time application for review.

If GACC participation and the brief are approved after the comment/objection period ends, a copy of the final amicus brief will be shared with the PAAC Listserv.

Appellee Brief
Appellant Brief

Jane Okrasinski, Attorney
Executive Director, GACC
145 Three Oaks Drive
Athens, GA 30607

GA Child Welfare Legal Academy: Confidentiality, Transparency, and Accountability: A Delicate Balance

December 4, 2014
1:30 pmto3:45 pm

Georgia Child Welfare Legal Academy Series
Thursday, December 4th, 2014
1:30p - 3:45p

Emory Law School
Gambrell Hall - Tull Auditorium
1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

For details about the training click here .

PAAC Advanced Training Seminar 11.14.14

November 14, 2014
8:00 amto4:00 pm

The Parent Attorney Advocacy Committee is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Advanced CLE Training Seminar on Friday, November 14th. Click here to register.

Deadline: Registration will close Thursday, November 7th.  You are encouraged to register early as seating is limited.

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.