WHAT TO EXPECT
- How to establish objective information in a case that can serve to protect children at risk.
- How to define areas of need for tribal communities to collaborate together for the benefit of the community children.
- How to engage and align community will with community need to protect children.
- How to access tribal resources previously developed for adaptation.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Patricia A. Maxwell is a former Erie County Family Court Judge, having served ten years on that bench in Buffalo, New York. Prior to her election, she was a practicing attorney for over 15 years and served as the Town Judge in Boston, New York for 8 years.
While on the bench, Judge Maxwell had the distinction of serving as the Lead Judge for the Victim's Act Model Court under the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. During her leadership she instituted communication with the Seneca Nation of Indians to develop mutual programs for services to members living on and off the Reservation, developed mutual guidelines for jurisdictional issues between courts and has worked to get Tribal Court access to state wide domestic violence registries. She was appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye to the New York State Federal Tribal Court Forum in 2006.
Since leaving the bench, she has through her consulting business, been providing services to tribes and tribal courts on issues related to court development, training, legal services and ICWA compliance.