This page provides information on upcoming training seminars and presentation materials relevant to attorneys who defend parents in dependency proceedings and termination of parental rights cases. FREE CLE seminar videos and access to the motions and brief bank are located in the Members Only area at Attorney Resources.
UPCOMING TRAINING SEMINARS
Parent Attorney Training CLE: September 14-15, 2017.
Click here to register by September 7th.
This two-day training will take place at the DeKalb County Juvenile Court located at 4309 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. It will also be broadcast using Join.Me.
The deadline to register is September 7.
The training will be offered in three sessions:
Session I: Thursday, 9/14, 9:00am-12:00pm.
Session II: Thursday, 9/14, 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Session III: Friday, 9/15, 10:00am-1:00pm.
The training offers a total of nine (9) hours of general CLE credit. You may choose to attend any portion of the program or all of two days. Any combination of six (6) hours of this program meets the 6-hour minimum for DeKalb County Parent Attorneys outlined in the memorandum of understanding.
There is no cost for the seminar other than the cost of the CLE credit hours, which attendees must pay directly to the State Bar. Breakfast and snacks will be provided both days. Lunch will be provided to all attendees on Thursday only.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Check In
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
9:15 – 10:45 Transfers from Probate and Superior Courts
10:45 – 12:15 The Role of GAL, Child Advocates, and CASA
12:15 – 1:00 Lunch (Informal discussion with updates on local, state, & federal news in child welfare law)
1:00 – 2:30 Solution-Based Casework, Case Plans, and Permanency Options
2:30- 4:00 Best Practices for Parent Attorneys
Friday, September 15, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 Community Based Solutions
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 1:15 Case Law Updates
The deadline to register is September 7.
April 25-26, 2017 Tyson’s Corner, VA
American Bar Association’s 5th National Parent Attorney Conference: Valuing Dignity & Respect for All Families
April 27-28, 2017 Tyson’s Corner, VA
American Bar Association’s 17th National Children & the Law: SOAR – Strengthening Our Advocacy for Results
CLE SEMINAR MATERIALS
June 28, 2017: Dependency Appellate Procedure CLE
You’ve been handed your first appeal and have no idea what to do! Learn the nuts and bolts of dependency appellate work, including filing deadlines, which orders are appealable, who needs to be served, the differences between discretionary and direct appeals, and how to craft your argument.
December 9, 2016: PAAC Quarterly CLE Seminar
June 30, 2016: PAAC Beginner’s CLE for Parent Attorneys
Overview From Removal to Permanency
–Model Motion for Discovery
–Agreement to Mediate
Group Discussion & Resources
-Fact Patterns: Mental Illness
–Fact Patterns: Substance Abuse
-Fact Patterns: Domestic Violence
March 18, 2016: “Motions Practice for Parent Attorneys”
The seminar covers several topics, including case planning for pre-adjudication and adjudicatory disposition hearings, JJ v. Ledbetter and Daubert motions, motions in limine, motions in the context of case plans and reasonable efforts, and motions to return custody. The seminar is approved for four (4) CLE credits, including four (4) trial hours.
The Meaning of Reasonable Efforts
How to Elevate Your Game
PAAC Quarterly Meeting
The Beginning, The Middle & The End: Case Plan Development
– Case Plan Goals
– Statutory Law
– Objection to Caseplan
–Redacted Case Plan Report
–Redacted Consent Order of Disposition
September 11, 2015: “Essentials of Representing Parents in Dependency Cases”
PAAC’s second beginner training of the year for Parent Attorneys. The training covered timelines in dependency cases, ethics of representation, review hearings, as well as representation of fathers and parents with disabilities.
Essentials Training Agenda and Presenter Bios
Timelines in Dependency Cases
Representing Parents with Disabilities (Geter, Hull)
Representing Parents with Disabilities II (LeGault)
Ethics of Representing Parents
March 25, 2015: A Comprehensive Approach to Serving as Juvenile Court GAL
Through collaboration among GPDC, Office of the Child Advocate, DeKalb County Juvenile Court, DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center, and the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children, this training seminar geared for Juvenile Court Attorney-GALs was recorded and is available for on-demand viewing. This training is approved by the Office of the Child Advocate.
- A View from the Bench: Judicial Expectations when Appointing GALs
Youth Post-18 Documents
- Sexual Abuse
References and Resources for Child Trauma Treatment
- The Impact of Corporal Punishment on Child Development
- How to Interview Children
10 Step Investigative Interview
- New Code Requirements and the Indian Child Welfare Act
- Panel Discussion: The Importance of Educational Stability
Educational Stability for Youth in Foster Care
Top Ten Georgia Education Rules to Know
- Ethics for GALs
Conflict Between Attorney and GAL
Ethics Update 2015
- How to Write Reports
GAL Report and Investigations Guide
Example – CA Monitoring Report
Statutory Best Interest Factors
- Professionalism Makes the Difference in Effective Attorney GALs
Rules of Professional Conduct Pertinent to Attorney-GALs
Georgia Standards of Representation
March 20, 2015: Chatham County School Justice Partnership Summit
Archived Livestream is here: http://cjcc.georgia.gov/dmc
March 13, 2015: PAAC Quarterly Meeting
“The State of Georgia’s Child Abuse Law and Medical Intervention” by Darice M. Good and Colleen Puckett
February 5, 2015: PAAC Hall County CLE
“Representing Parents In Juvenile Court: It’s New for Everyone”
- Appointment/Preliminary Protective Hearing through Adjudication
Recommended Publication: “Child Welfare Attorney Training” by Mary Hermann (11/7/2014) available through ICLE
- Appeals, Including Evidence and Preserving the Record
SAMPLE – Notice of Appeal
SAMPLE – Motion for Discovery
SAMPLE – Ledbetter Letter
How to Admit Evidence from Social Media: See Burgess v. State, 292 Ga 821, 823 (2013)(documents from electronic sources such as the printouts from a website like MySpace are subject to the same rules of authentication as other more traditional documentary evidence and may be authenticated through circumstantial evidence.)
- A View from the Bench: Professionalism in Representing Parents, Moving Your Client’s Case Forward
SAMPLE – Case Plan Update
211 Community Resource Guide
Relative Resource Guide
- Disposition and Reviews