Resource Letter:
For Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases
May 1, 2020
Save the Date! Upcoming Webcast on Effective Advocacy in the Virtual
CPS Courtroom
The Children’s Commission will host a webcast on Friday, May 22, 2020 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CST, entitled “Effective Advocacy in the Virtual CPS Courtroom.” This webcast will be of interest to all practitioners on the CPS docket.

Moderated by Judge Rob Hofmann, District Judge of Mason County and Jurist in Residence for the Children’s Commission, this panel discussion will include a prosecutor, a parent attorney, and an Ad Litem who will discuss best practices and pitfalls to watch out for when preparing their cases and their clients for a virtual hearing. Topics covered will include how to facilitate the client’s meaningful participation in a virtual hearing; how to properly elicit testimony on Zoom; how to properly enter evidence on Zoom; and how to review orders in a virtual setting. Viewers will learn how to effectively advocate for their clients and apply these skills before, during, and after remote CPS hearings.

Please stay tuned for a pending announcement from the Children’s Commission with links to registration and additional program information. MCLE will be requested from TexasBarCLE. 
Reminder: Survey about the Effects of COVID-19 on Legal Representation
The Children’s Commission is still seeking input from attorneys and judges about how COVID-19 is affecting the representation of parents and children. Please consider taking a few minutes to complete this survey in order to help the Commission develop relevant training and resources. The survey will close on Friday, May 15, 2020 so that the results can be incorporated into the webcast on Friday, May 22, 2020.

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For a complete list of Jurist in Residence Letters, please visit the Children's Commission webpage . Information provided by the Children’s Commission should not be read as a commentary by the Supreme Court of Texas or any other court. The Children’s Commission website is not equipped to facilitate dialogue or conversation about matters related to the information in this communique. For more information about the Children’s Commission, please visit our website .