Beyond the Bench 2017

Beyond the Bench 24: Uniting for a Better Future

Beyond the Bench 24: Uniting for a Better Future will take place December 19–20, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, with pre-conference events on December 18, 2017. This multidisciplinary statewide conference is devoted to meaningful physical, remote, and equal access to the justice system for those involved—voluntarily or involuntarily—with the court system. The conference will bring together over 1,200 participants—including judges, local, state, and tribal court leaders, attorneys, probation officers, social workers, family court professionals, court users, researchers, policy makers, volunteers, and other court-related professionals from across California.

Sessions will address core legal issues and related social issues pertaining to juvenile law, family law, criminal law, probate guardianship and conservatorship, domestic violence, collaborative courts, tribal court-state court jurisdiction, veterans and military families, incarceration and reentry, mental health, education, immigration, human trafficking, trauma-informed practice, community engagement, and racial justice. Emphasizing hope, humanity, and healthy families, the conference will focus on uniting court professionals and justice partners to build a better future for all Californians.

The conference is funded by registration fees, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, foundations, and other agencies.

Program Agenda: Beyond the Bench 23 (December 2015)

Beyond the Bench – Pre-Registration Open Through June 30, 5:00 p.m.
The Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts announces that pre-registration is open for Beyond the Bench 24: Uniting for a Better Future through June 30, 5:00 pm.


Complete and return the Pre-Registration Form.

Conference Proposal Submissions
April 14, 2017 was the deadline for receipt of formal workshop proposals as well as suggestions for content or speakers. If you submitted a suggestion, conference organizers will follow up in late Spring/early Summer once all submissions have been reviewed for possible inclusion. If you have any questions about the program please email or by phone 415-865-7599.

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