Beyond the Bench 2017

Beyond the Bench 24: Uniting For a Better Future logoBeyond the Bench 24: Uniting for a Better Future

Beyond the Bench 24: Uniting for a Better Future occurred December 19–20, 2017 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, with pre-conference events on December 18, 2017.

Beyond the Bench is a 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 brought together 1,300 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 addressed 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.

At-A-Glance Program Agenda: Beyond the Bench 24

Program Agenda: Beyond the Bench 24

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If you have any questions about the program please email or by phone 415-865-7599.

Beyond the Bench Materials

The conference provided 79 educational sessions emphasizing ways in which professionals serving children and families can unite to improve meaningful physical, remote, and equal access to justice. If provided by faculty, content is available via the links below. To find materials for each session select the day the training was offered and then the title will be listed as in the program.


Features preconference courses addressing Continuum of Care Reform, juvenile dependency law and process, juvenile delinquency, culture and trauma, and victim needs; and 3 courses open to judicial officers covering human trafficking, responding to U Visa and T Visa certification, and victims of crime and the court process.


Features preconference courses with topics including Continuum of Care Reform and the Quality Parenting Initiative, implicit bias, and Pretrial Detention Reform; a session on top ethical issues for juvenile and family court judges, and a meeting of the California Tribal Families Coalition; and over 25 courses addressing topics including juvenile law, probate guardianship, mental health, and immigration.


Features over 35 courses addressing topics including criminal law, domestic violence, veterans and military families, education, human trafficking, and racial justice.