CAFL Approved Webinars for FY2021

List of MCLE Webinars Approved for CAFL Credit
To register for MCLE webinars on the above list go to https://www.mcle.org/

Archived Webinars FY 2021

Tuesday October 6th 12:00 – 1:30 PM PST Foster Youth Financial Stability and Empowerment Town Hall
We invite you to join us at a town hall meeting to discuss ways to improve transition age youth financial stability and empowerment
-This will be a national forum for conversation.
-A platform to learn best practices from others.
-Hear effective strategies to resolve client financial issues.
-Discuss policy solutions to improve outcomes.
RSVP to Kristen Pisani-Jacques at Kristen.pisani-jacques@NACCchildlaw.org
Link with more information here

Tuesday October 6, 2020, 3:00-5:00pm Education & Special Education in Light of COVID-19: Back to School Edition (2 CAFL Credits)
The start of school is here and the EdLaw Project wants to help you make sure your clients are getting the education they are entitled to!!  The EdLaw Project will be hosting a webinar on how to advocate for your clients in school during the pandemic, including in a remote or hybrid learning environment, entitled “Education & Special Education in light of COVID-19 School Closures – Back to School Edition.”  EdLaw has created a “Toolkit” for you to advocate for the educational needs of your clients.  During the webinar, we will talk through the current education landscape and what you can expect for school in the fall.  We will also walk participants through the “Toolkit” which includes the latest information on school reopening plans, as well as templates you can use for information gathering and filing state complaints.  Please join us!
Note: A similar webinar was offered on August 6, 2020.  This webinar contains updated information on compensatory education but is otherwise similar content.
Register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/123330457719

Boston Bar Association Pro Bono Housing Court Four Part Series

Wednesday Oct. 7, 2020 11:00-12:00 (1 CAFL Credit)
Part One: LAR Certification Course
Register here

Wednesday October 14, 2020 11:00-1:00 (2 CAFL Credits)
Part Two: Landlord/Tenant Frequently Arising Issues
Register here

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (Approved for 1 CAFL CLE)
Part Three: Lawyer for the Day in Housing Court Training- Benefits and Resources Available to Veterans Facing Eviction
Register Here

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Approved for 1 CAFL CLE)
Part Four: Lawyer for the Day in Housing Court Training: Answer and Discovery
Register Here

October 13, 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm Persuasion and Credibility Webinar, (2 CAFL Credits)
Kenneth Berman, book author and columnist for the ABA’s Litigation Journal, will offer this eye-opening
video webinar covering transformational approaches to witness preparation and advice on establishing
credibility and persuading decision-makers. Sponsored by the Social Law Library.
Registration link: https://socialaw.com/kenberman2020

October 15th, 12:30-4:30 & October 16th, 1-3:30; The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19 (5 CLEs)
The Philadelphia Coalition for Queer Justice and Intersectional Equity has partnered with the University of Maryland Institute for Innovation and Implementation to present our virtual symposium: The New Normal: LGBTQ+ Youth Living Through COVID-19.
Registration is now open and will be through 9/28. This free symposium will gather medical professionals, child welfare workers, prevention workers, mentors, and executives from a variety of disciplines.  Together we will elevate the voices of experts to a national audience in the pursuit of equity for our LGBTQ+ youth.
You can read the full schedule here and more about our panelists and speakers here! When you register you will be invited to select which sessions you’d like to attend during the two day symposium.
Register Here

October 19 2:00-4:30 pm – Helping Your Care and Protection Clients Maintain Stable Housing as the State Eviction Moratorium Ends (2.5 CLE)
With the current eviction moratorium in Massachusetts set to expire on October 17, our care and protection clients are at great risk of losing stable housing, so essential to family preservation and reunification.  Our panel of experts will provide you the information you need to help your client navigate the housing crisis.  Topics include: rental assistance programs, emergency shelter, the CDC’s eviction moratorium, DCF’s obligations to help homeless families and the DCF/DHCD Memo of Understanding, hiring private social workers to help with housing issues, and informal and formal advocacy in the care and protection case, among others. You will be provided the most up to date information about how the executive branch and trial court are gearing up to respond to this crisis.  Presenters include:  Elizabeth Alfred and Marion Hohn, Central West Justice Center; Amy Mullen and Shavon Fulcher, DCF Central Office; Elizabeth Bedell and Debra Spangler, CAFL.  Approved for 2.5 CAFL CLEs.
This webinar will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, 2:00-4:30 and is approved for 2.5 CLE credits.
You can register Here
[Please note that the Boston Bar Association is also planning a series of webinars this month on housing issues which are listed above. ]

October 20-21, 2020, 1-4 PM; upEnding the Child Welfare System: The Road to Abolition. (3CLEs each day)
As a nation we forcibly separate children from their families on a routine basis. Racism has both motivated policies that separate children from their parents and it has been institutionalized in the systems that carry out these policies and other harmful practices that police and surveille Black, Native, and Latinx families and communities. Join us on October 20-21, 2020 1-4PM ET for the inaugural convening of the newly launched upEND Movement, where we will bring together organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders to have robust conversations and strategize innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.
Register Here

October 22 at 1:00pm We Need Attorneys to Assist With Breathalyzer Cases Most Work Can Be Done Remotely
As you may be aware, sometime in October, the trial court will issue approximately 27,000 notices to defendants whose OUI convictions were based on a Draeger Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer machine that was calibrated and certified between June of 2011 and April 17, 2019.  Each of those defendants has the right to challenge the OUI conviction and a large number of those affected defendants are indigent and may wish to pursue a remedy with assigned counsel. CPCS seeks attorneys from the following panels to represent the defendants in these cases: District Court Criminal, Superior Court Criminal, Post-conviction, SORB, Mental Health, YAD and CAFL.
If you are interested in representing clients in these types of cases, please complete the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/z8kCJQt79va4CXMD9
Other questions about enrolling should be directed to: BTAttorney@publiccounsel.net

October 27 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Biased? Who, Me?! A Candid Look at the Problem of Implicit Bias (3CLE’s)
All of us have biases, and some biases have served us well as a species, protecting us from danger and enabling us to make routine decisions quickly. Other biases have not served us well in a modern, diverse society, where the tendency to feel more comfortable with people who are like us creates blinders of which we are often unaware. This workshop will explore the origins of biases, how they can be measured, and how we can counteract – in ourselves and others – those biases that stand in the way of progress against racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination in our society. This program has been designed for and will be delivered on Zoom.
To learn more, please click here.
Financial assistance is available. Please contact Jenna Goodman, BLC Institute Program Administrator (jgoodman@blc.law) to learn more.
[Register Here]

November 2 at 12:00 PST/3:00 EST ” Uprooted and Traumatized: Avoiding Unnecessary Removals” Judge Ernestine Gray’s talk: join by clicking this [link].  Please note that the video player works best in Chrome or Firefox browsers.  You can join in the discussion after the premiere at this [link].  After the premiere, the videos will be available online for you to watch again, share with colleagues, and include in trainings.

November 5th at 1:00pm We Need Attorneys to Assist With Breathalyzer Cases Most Work Can Be Done Remotely
As you may be aware, sometime in October, the trial court will issue approximately 27,000 notices to defendants whose OUI convictions were based on a Draeger Alcotest 9510 breathalyzer machine that was calibrated and certified between June of 2011 and April 17, 2019.  Each of those defendants has the right to challenge the OUI conviction and a large number of those affected defendants are indigent and may wish to pursue a remedy with assigned counsel. CPCS seeks attorneys from the following panels to represent the defendants in these cases: District Court Criminal, Superior Court Criminal, Post-conviction, SORB, Mental Health, YAD and CAFL.
If you are interested in representing clients in these types of cases, please complete the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/z8kCJQt79va4CXMD9
Other questions about enrolling should be directed to: BTAttorney@publiccounsel.net

November 6, 2020 1-2:30pm Making “Least Restrictive” a Reality: Tools to Challenge Congregate Care Placements (1.5 CLEs)
On April 29, 2020, 16 year old Cornelius Frederick, a Black youth in Michigan’s child welfare agency custody, threw a sandwich during lunch at Lakeside Academy, his congregate care placement. Staff tackled Cornelius to the ground and then held him down by putting their weight on his legs and torso for 12 minutes. Shortly after telling staff “I can’t breathe,” his body went limp. About 10 minutes after stopping the restraint, the facility finally called 9-1-1. Two days later, Cornelius died at the hospital and it was ruled a homicide. Tragically, the investigations conducted after Cornelius’ death found a trail of violations, reliance on police, and other serious warning signs about the dangers of the placement. Here in Massachusetts, over 1 in every 7 kids in DCF custody are placed in congregate care, and it is even higher if just the 12-18 year old population is counted. The burden of congregate care doesn’t fall on all kids equally: Black, Latino, Asian, and Native American youth are significantly overrepresented in DCF congregate care. Investigating and litigating congregate care placements is part of zealous advocacy for your youth clients and it is racial justice work. Join Cris Freitas, Deb Freitas, and Cathy Krebs as they walk through how to investigate and challenge your client’s congregate care placement using data.
Register Here

November 17, 2020 from 4-6:00 pm Six Community Justice Pathways to Avoid Prison and Jail
Part of the Massachusetts Probation Service, the Office of Community Corrections operates 18 Community Corrections Centers (CCCs) across the Commonwealth. The CCCs provide a community-based alternative to jail and prison through a combination of programs and services that have been shown to reduce recidivism among those at the highest criminogenic risk. CCCs deliver cognitive-behavioral treatment interventions to address decision making and substance use disorder, educational support to prepare for HiSET, GED, or post-secondary placement, and counseling to support career oriented employment. The 2018 Criminal Justice reform laws expanded the statutory bases by which people can access these resources. Today CCCs are available not only as an intermediate sentence but for pretrial treatment, pretrial services, support during the probation term, or to welcome those returning to the community after a period of incarceration.
[Register Here]

December 2, 2020 FEDERAL LEGISLATVIE HISTORY WEBINAR (2 CLEs)
Legislative history is a critically important advocacy tool in Federal Court when statutory language is ambiguous and begs for clarification. Federal judges invite and apply the use of legislative history to avoid incongruous results, illuminate drafting errors, determine specialized meanings, or choose reasonable interpretations of politically controversial statutes.
Register Here

December 7 at 12:00 PST/3:00 EST “Humanizing Reasonable Efforts” Christine Kiesel’s CIP talk : join by clicking this [link].  Please note that the video player works best in Chrome or Firefox browsers.  You can join in the discussion after the premiere at this [link].  After the premiere, the videos will be available online for you to watch again, share with colleagues, and include in trainings.

Available online, on-demand

Addressing Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in a Time of Social Disruption (3 CLEs) – Only until December 31st 2020
This program will address the current challenges of providing high-quality clinical care to individuals with mental health conditions and co-occurring problematic substance use or substance use disorders during and following a pandemic. Participants will understand the relationship between trauma, stress, mental health conditions and substance use disorders and how the impact of the pandemic exacerbates existing inequities in communities of color. Participants will learn how disruption in the provision of recovery supports and isolation during stay-at-home orders can lead to increased use of substances, and how to speak with individuals about their use of substances and to create individualized virtual recovery plans. This program will enable participants to keep pace with most current information about the provision of substance use disorder treatment and recovery services during the pandemic and important regulatory issues.
Register Here