Beyond the Bench - Wednesday, December 14, 2011


An Overview of Juvenile Dependency Law and Practice

This course provides an overview of the dependency legal system. The course focuses on stakeholder roles, dependency law and process, and legally mandated timelines. This course meets the 8-hour requirement for attorneys seeking to accept court-appointed cases.

Hon. Pat Bresee (Ret.), Commissioner, Superior Court of San Mateo County
Ms. Nancy Aspaturian, Training Director/Attorney Supervisor, Children’s Law Center of California
Ms. Beth Bobby, Attorney, AOC Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Mr. John Passalacqua, Supervising Attorney, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt Counties
Ms. Shannon Sullivan, Deputy County Counsel, Santa Cruz County Counsel Office

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Incorporating Evidence-Based Practices into Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile probation departments throughout California are adopting evidence-based information gathering and assessment tools and practices into their daily work. This 8-hour program will closely examine how information is received by judicial officers and attorneys, and examine the intersections among roles, practices, and outcomes.

Hon. Daniel Flynn, Judge, Superior Court of Shasta County
Hon. Trina Thompson, Juvenile Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Alameda County
Mr. Jack Bucci, Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Prosecution Division, San Diego County Office of the District Attorney
Ms. LaRon Hogg, Attorney, Assessments.com
Ms. Margaret Huscher, Deputy Public Defender, Shasta County Office of the Public Defender
Mr. David Lamb, Deputy Public Defender, San Diego County Office of the Public Defender
Mr. Jacob Morgan, Director of Adult and Juvenile Services, Inyo County Probation Department
Mr. Joel Samuels, Deputy District Attorney, Inyo County Office of the District Attorney
Ms. Ann Stow, Juvenile Division Director, Shasta County Probation Department
Ms. Chrystal Sweet, Supervising Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation Department

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California's Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB 12 / AB 212): A Comprehensive Overview of the Legislation and its Impact

California's landmark legislation extending foster care benefits to eligible young adults begins its full implementation process on January 1, 2012. To help attendees understand the legislation’s full scope and impact, this 8-hour course will offer content on eligibility, Rules of Court, changes to benefit laws, medical and mental health services eligibility, placement and housing allowances, post-secondary educational issues, young adult engagement, and special populations.

Hon. Donna Quigley Groman, Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Hon. Marilyn Kading Martinez, Commissioner, Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Ms. Sue Abrams, Attorney, Children’s Law Center of California
Ms. Aleta Beaupied, Senior Attorney, AOC Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Mr. Brian Blalock, Staff Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid
Ms. Alice Bussiere, Attorney, Youth Law Center
Mr. Roger Chan, Executive Director, East Bay Children’s Law Office
Ms. Kerry Doyle, Attorney, AOC Center for Families, Children & the Courts
Ms. Leslie Heimov, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of California
Ms. Christine Kouri, Principal Deputy County Counsel, Los Angeles County Counsel Office
Mr. Jed Minoff, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department
Ms. Laura Nielsen, Yolo County Social Services Department
Ms. Debbie Raucher, John Burton Foundation
Ms. Jennifer Rodriguez, Staff Attorney, Youth Law Center
Ms. Angie Schwartz, Policy Director, The Alliance for Children’s Rights
Ms. Janay Swain, Youth Council Coordinator, California Youth Connection
Ms. Theresa Thurmond, California State Coordinator, Independent Living Program, California Department of Social Services
Mr. Mark Wasacz, Attorney, Wasacz Hilley & Fullerton LLP
Ms. Kathy Watkins, Legislative Program Manager, San Bernardino County Human Services System
Ms. Devon Werble, Faculty Field Consultant, Career Ladders Project
Ms. Debra Williams, Bureau Chief of the Foster Care Eligibility and Rates Bureau, Children and Family Services Division, California Department of Social Services

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