Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
April 7, 2021
Trial Skills Training Opportunity
The Children’s Commission is pleased to announce the availability of a virtual Trial Skills Training for less-experienced attorneys handling CPS cases who want to improve their litigation skills, both for in-person and virtual courtroom environments. A fictional Texas CPS case and live witnesses are partnered with seasoned faculty to coach attendees through all stages of trial. For purposes of the training, “less-experienced” means that prior to applying to the Trial Skills Training, applicants who represent children and parents must complete two to three contested Adversary Hearings and/or two to three final termination trials as first chair, and applicants who represent DFPS must complete at least three contested Adversary Hearings and/or three to five final termination trials as first chair.
The three-day course will be taught virtually over Zoom on August 26, 2021 and September 1 and 2, 2021. There is no fee to register, and additional information about the training is provided on the Children’s Commission’s website at the link below. The training is limited to 21 attorneys; participants are evenly divided into three practice groups comprised of seven children’s attorneys, seven attorneys who represent DFPS, and seven parents’ attorneys. Early applications are strongly encouraged.
Please forward this email to attorneys in your jurisdiction who may be interested in applying. The application deadline is midnight on Friday, April 23, 2021. The Children’s Commission will contact each applicant’s primary or appointing judge to confirm the applicant’s suitability for the training. Attorneys will be notified  within a few weeks of the close of the application period about whether they have been accepted into the Fall 2021 Trial Skills Training.
For more information and to submit an application for the training, please visit the Trial Skills Training webpage.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us by emailing [email protected].
Thank you for your consideration.
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