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CHIPS Parent Attorney Core Skills Training - September 2019

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Objective: This comprehensive 18-hour core skills course meets the statutory requirements of Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 3(i) and Judicial Council Policy 604 and is designed to equip attorneys who represent parents in CHIPS proceedings with the substantive law and practice skills necessary to be persuasive and effective advocates for their clients.
Wednesday, September 25: 8:00 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Thursday, September 24: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, September 27: 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sheraton Bloomington Hotel
5601 W 78th Street
Bloomington, MN

Registration: Registration is open and by email invite only.

Cost: There is no fee for registration, materials, food and beverages during the training, or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. Attendees are responsible for all other travel and lodging costs.

Paperless Conference: Printed materials will not be provided at this event, but will be posted on the Agenda and Participant Materials tab for access during the conference. Please feel free to print the materials if you prefer paper, or bring your laptop, iPad, or other mobile device to view the materials.

Questions: For questions about registration, training, or content, please contact Rebecca Vanden Hanen, CJI Staff Attorney.
Registration for this event has now closed.
A room block has been reserved at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel. To reserve, please contact the front desk (952) 835-1900 and reference the conference.

Day 1

Day 1: Social Sciences
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

My Child Has Been Taken Away: Understanding Your Client's Needs
  • Panel discussion - no materials will be posted
Trauma: Impact on Child Development
  • No materials will be posted
Best Practices for Attorneys Who Represent Parents
  Minnesota's Permanency Laws and Timline: Tools for Parents
  Challenges to Parents Involved in CHIPS Cases: Mental Health Disorders
  Challenges to Parents Involved in CHIPS Cases: Substance Abuse
  Challenges to Families Involved in CHIPS Cases: Domestic Violence
  Challenges to Families Involved in CHIPS Cases: Public Benefits Available to Assist Families

Day 2

Day 2: Attorney Roles and Responsibilities
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Foundations of Strong Parent Advocacy

  Professional Responsibility Issues for Parent Attorneys
  The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Purpose and Key Components
  Engaging Your Client
  Breakout Session: Client Advocacy from the Emergency Protective Care (EPC) Hearing Through Adjudication
  Breakout Session: Client Advocacy from Disposition Through Permanency
  Breakout Session: Juvenile Court Practice

Day 3

Day 3: Collaboration and Special Representation Issues
Friday, September 27, 2019

Stakeholder Panel: Ethical Collaboration Amidst Zealous Client Advocacy

  • No materials will be posted
Case Plan Development: What the Law Requires and Ensuring Your Client's Involvement
  Appellate Practice to Strengthen Your Parent Advocacy
  Representing Undocumented Parents
  Representing Incarcerated Parents
  Litigating Maltreatment Findings
  Pulling It All Together and Applying to be Listed on the Roster of Qualified Parent Attorneys
CLE credit for attorneys has been approved for 18 credits (17 standard and 1 ethics). The event code is 278840.