An important component of improving the quality of legal representation for children is the provision of ongoing, meaningful training tailored to the specialized needs of attorneys representing children. A child-sensitive legal system depends upon a bench and bar of considerable sophistication and competence, in not only the law, but also on issues unique to children. When representing children, lawyers must, in addition to their legal skills, be able to draw upon interdisciplinary knowledge from such pertinent fields as psychology, sociology, social work, and medicine. Children are best served by the legal child welfare system when judges understand the social and psychological implications of a case and the various ways these areas can impact the development of a child. Therefore, it is no surprise that the OCR is mandated to provide accessible and meaningful training to attorneys and judges.
Our training curriculum consists of two major conferences a year, “brown bag” trainings periodically around the state, webinars, training videos, and partnering with other agencies and organizations to create special training events for judges and attorneys.
“The Youth MCs were wonderful! Their stories were so moving and helped to tie the conference material together in a meaningful way.”
“This conference was the most legally substantive, relevant, practical, and helpful presentation I have been to in a long time.”
“The sessions were very relevant to my work, delving into areas that a basic domestic relations CLE would not include. The conference center at the community college was very accommodating.”
“While there is no “easy answer” to these issues, it was useful to hear the dialogue to remind us all of the challenges we face.”
“The substantive information was outstanding and very helpful. The speakers were very knowledgeable and well prepared.”
“This was very useful to hear a judge’s thoughts and different practicing attorney’s thoughts and practices following the L.A.N. v. L.M.B. decision.”
“The subject matters discussed/presented were very timely and directed to my day-to-day GAL duties.”
“The topics presented were incredibly useful and the information presented about each topic was incredibly useful. Best conference I’ve been to in 9 years by far!”