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Zealous Advocacy in CHIPS Cases: What Parents' Attorneys Need to Know to Effectively Advocate for their Clients

Minn. Stat. § 260C.163, subd. 3(g) provides that counsel retained by the county to represent parents in CHIPS matters must meet the qualifications established by the Judicial Council.  Judicial Council Policy 604 requires CHIPS parents’ attorneys to: (1) have at least two years of experience representing clients in CHIPS matters, (2) be supervised by a qualified CHIPS parent attorney, or (3) complete 18 hours of core skills training.
This comprehensive 18-hour core skills course meets the statute and policy requirements and is designed to equip attorneys who represent parents in CHIPS cases with the substantive law and practice skills necessary to be persuasive and effective advocates for their clients.
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Wednesday, June 15: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday, June 16: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Friday, June 17: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Earle Brown Heritage Center
Garden City Ballroom (door 5 on north side of building)
6155 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
Parking is free
COST: There is no fee for registration, parking, or CLE credits. Attendees are responsible for all travel costs.
Registration has closed.Registration for this event was by invitation only from the State Court Administrator's Office.
A room block was reserved at Embassy Suites Minneapolis-North, attached to the Earle Brown Heritage Center, under "CHIPS Training."

Day 1: Social Sciences

Wednesday - June 15

My Child Has Been Taken Away: Understanding Your Client's Needs
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Trauma: Impact on Healthy Child Development
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Best Practices for Attorneys Who Represent Parents Minnesota's Permanency Laws and Timeline: 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: Attorney Roles and Responsibilities

Thursday - June 16

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

Day 3: Collaboration and Special Representation Issues

Friday - June 17

Stakeholder Panel: Ethical Collaboration Amidst Zealous Client Advocacy
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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 Parents' Attorneys
19 hours of CLE credits have been approved, including 16 standard, 1 ethics, and 2 elimination of bias.  See agenda for credit awarded for each training segment.  Event code is 222115.