CHIPS Parent Attorney Core Skills Training - September 2017

Objective: This comprehensive 18-hour core skills course meets the statutory requirements of Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 3(g) 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.
Tuesday, September 12: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Wednesday, September 13: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday, September 14: 8:00am - 3:30pm

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Minneapolis, MN 55428

Cost: There is no fee for registration, materials, food/beverages, parking 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.

Registration for this conference is now closed.

For questions about the training or content, please email Judy Nord, CJI Staff Attorney.
This training is by invite only and is only open to attorneys who represent parents in CHIPS proceedings.

Attendance is limited to 130 attorneys.  Due to space limitations, preference will be given to attorneys who have not previously completed this core skills training and who are currently or expect to be under a contract or agreement with a county to represent parents in CHIPS cases for the remainder of 2017 and/or 2018.

For questions, please email Judy Nord, CJI Staff Attorney.
A room block at the rate of $139 per night is reserved at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.  To make a reservation, please call (888) 236-2427 and reference 2017 Parent’s Attorney Conference, or reserve online. Please reserve before August 22, 2017.

If you choose not to stay at the Marriott Northwest, there are other nearby hotels at which you could make a reservation.
Day 1
Day 1: Social Sciences
Tuesday - September 12

My Child Has Been Taken Away: Understanding your Client's Needs
  • No materials will be posted
Trauma: Impact on Healthy Child Development - Elizabeth Carlson Minnesota's Permanency Laws and Timeline: Strategies for Parents - Judith Nord Representing Parents with Mental Health Disorders - Deena McMahon Representing Parents with Substance Abuse Issues - Carole Ackley Representing Parents Involved with Domestic Violence - Elizabeth "Zeb" Henderson Shreve Public Benefits Available to Assist Families - Irene Opsahl
For questions about the training purpose or content, please email Judy Nord, CJI Staff Attorney.
Day 2
Day 2: Attorney Roles and Responsibilities
Wednesday - September 13

Engaging Your Client - Joanna Woolman and Natalie Netzel Case Plans: Legal Requirements and Ensuring your Client's Involvement - Judith Nord Professional Responsibility Issues for Parents' Attorneys - Amy Mahowold Client Advocacy from the EPC Hearing through Adjudication - Melanie Dotty and Patricia Zenner Client Advocacy from Disposition through Permanency - Nicole Gronneberg and Lisa McNaughton Juvenile Court Practice - General Requirements - Amy Chantry, Cathy Gabriel, Kari Willis
Day 3
Day 3: Collaboration and Special Representation Issues
Thursday - September 14

Stakeholder Panel: Ethical Collaboration Amidst Zealous Client Advocacy
  • No materials will be posted
The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA): Purpose and Key Comonents - Jessica Ryan Appellate Practice to Strengthen Your Parent Advocacy - Hon. Heidi Schellhas Litigating Maltreatment Findings - Jon Geffen Representing Undocumented Parents - Eren Sutherland Representing Incarcerated Parents - Joanna Woolman Applying to be Listed on the Roster of Qualified CHIPS Parents' Attorneys - Judith Nord
  • Instructions for Applying to PAR

If you have any questions regarding materials, please contact Judy Nord.
This course has been approved for 19.75 hours of CLE credit, including 17.75 standard, 1.0 ethics, and 1.0 elimination of bias.  Please reference CLE event code 247230. For questions about the training purpose or content, please email Judy Nord, CJI Staff Attorney.