CAFL Approved Webinars for FY2021
July 1, 2020, 1:30-3:30; Advocating for Family Time During COVID (2 CLEs)
Join CAFL for a discussion about advocating for parent child and sibling contact during COVID. We will provide updates of our family time lawsuit against DCF and provide practical advice for ensuring your clients receive quality in person and virtual contact with family members during COVID. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gCaZZijEQQWxU2NCS30vIw.
July 7, 2020, 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Dawnland & Dear Georgina Online Film Screening & Live Filmmaker Q & A (2 CLEs)
For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations. In DEAR GEORGINA a Passamaquoddy elder journeys into an unclear past to better understand herself and her cultural heritage. Watch this double feature, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker. For more information and to register, click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dawnland-dear-georgina-online-film
July 9, 2020, 1-3; Racial Trauma Webinar (2 CLE)
As a follow-up to the Racial Trauma policy brief please join us for a webinar to hear from our experts about this topic and ask questions. The policy brief shared findings on the effects of racial trauma on Black and African-American youth as well as best practices for addressing the effects of racial trauma.
July 9, 2020, 3-4; Strengthening Families Webinar: Anti-Racist Intersectional Frame (1 CLE)
Current events have heightened issues of systemic racism and racial disparities to the forefront of our national conversation. This long-overdue reckoning with America’s racist past and present has challenged us to consider how we must advance anti-racist policies and practices – whether we are new to this work or have been in the struggle for years. Please join us for a webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 3:00-4:00 pm EDT, to learn about the anti-racist intersectional frame developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), and to explore its application to CSSP’s Strengthening Families work and other projects related to young children and their families. We will also discuss opportunities to apply the frame within your own Strengthening Families work in your programs, communities, and systems. Register here: https://cssp.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CSK4vy7JS5Ca5jCe99HcXw
July 15, 2020, 1:30-3:00; A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare (1.5 CLEs)
This is the second in a year-long webinar series focused on interdisciplinary legal representation for parents in the child welfare system. Speakers from across the country will contribute to a discussion about the impact of racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practices. The panel will help define terms, provide historical context for the systemic destabilization of families, and lay the framework for a second level of continued discussion about what child welfare advocates can do to contribute to true community and family well-being and success. The Conversation will continue on September 16, 2020. Please stay tuned for details to come for the second part of this series. Sponsored by the National Alliance for Parent Representation. Hosted by the ABA Center for Children and the Law. To register, click on this link: https://americanbar.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AP6vJypzRn-MyV4ypxpvrg.
July 20, 7-8pm; Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” by Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (1 CLE)
2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education. The conversation will be streamed live online on Crowdcast, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope, and will air on PGCC TV on a later date.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist-tickets-110866502694
July 22, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Creating Positive Relationships: How Parents, Foster Parents, and Agencies Support “Family Time” During the COVID-19 Pandemic (1.5 CLEs)
When children and parents are separated by child protective services, efforts for reunification are mandated by law and supported by casework practice. Child welfare literature, dating back decades, documents that what historically has been known as “visitation” is the best predictor of reunification. More recently, visitation has become known as “family time.” Relationships between and among parents, foster parents, and casework staff must be positive and affirming.
July 22, 2020 2-5pm Effective Appellate Advocacy Ethics, e-filing, and telling your client’s story on appeal (3 CLEs)
This seminar provides a status update on how e-filing is unfolding in the Massachusetts appellate courts, discusses the problems lawyers are having, and offers solutions to those problems. Learn ideas and strategies for taking the step from competency to proficiency in using technology to your client’s best advantage in appeals in Massachusetts.
July 23, 2:00-3:30; NACC Open Webinar: Don’t Minimize the Moment: Truth, Reparatory Justice, and Healing for Black Families (1.5 CLEs)
Disparate disruption and the dismantling of families of the descendants of captive and enslaved Africans in the U.S. (DCAUS) and racial trauma have persisted for generations in the child welfare space. A lack of historic understanding and the link to systemic and individual racism, anti-Blackness, and the unique experience that DCAUS families face in the dependency system are under-addressed or not addressed at all. This lack of historic understanding and the connection to present-day oppression and injustice experienced by the DCAUS community permeates the decision-making power structures of the local departments, juvenile courts, and related service providers that decide the fate of DCAUS families. Centuries of neglect, despite screams from DCAUS peoples, can no longer be ignored. We have landed in “this moment,” a moment of truth, reparatory justice, and healing. In this webinar, participants will learn:
- Who are descendants of captive and enslaved Africans in the U.S. (DCAUS)
- A brief historic overview of the DCAUS experience in the U.S.
- About Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome and generational, racial trauma
- Practical tips on working with DCAUS families
To register, click on this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4533920167723298573.
July 30, 1-5pm Juvenile Practice Primer: Nuts and bolts of juvenile practice (1-4 CLE)
Are you a newer Juvenile Court practitioner or just looking to brush up on the law? Things are always changing in Juvenile Court—make sure you understand the significance of the changes and where they are leading. Take this opportunity to learn from an experienced faculty as they discuss what is new in juvenile delinquency practice. This program gives an overview of major developments in juvenile law so that you can spot issues in your cases and develop the fundamental skills critical to representing adolescent clients in delinquency cases. Everyone working with children and juveniles within Massachusetts, and those looking to get involved, will benefit from this primer! Have your questions ready—the panel wants to hear from you!
August 8, 2020 8-10pm Dawnland | Dear Georgina Online Film Screening + Live Filmmaker Q & A (2 CLEs)
For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to save them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official “truth and reconciliation commission” in the United States begins a historic investigation. DAWNLAND goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
August 11, 3:00-4:30, Come on and ZOOM-a ZOOM-a ZOOM-a ZOOM! Zoominar Series Part One Will Focus on the Basics to Get into Zoom Court (1.5 CLEs)
Come join CAFL’s first of three Zoominars on how to use Zoom and participate in remote court proceedings like a call of the list or a 72 Hour Hearing. This series is brought to you by the CAFL Training Unit and active CAFL practitioners. Part One focuses on basic Zooming to participate in court, and will be on August 11 from 3 – 4:30. Part One will introduce you to Zoom functions to participate in a court proceeding: what equipment you need; how to download the app and set up an account, troubleshooting audio and video problems, and reviewing various features such as the waiting room, breakout rooms, changing your name, and screen-sharing. This first Zoominar is open to all practice areas and will not be CAFL specific.
*Part Two of the series will focus on how to prepare yourself and your client for a Zoom hearing
*Part Three will focus on how to conduct a Zoom hearing.
Keep an eye out for more information in the Friday Update and the CAFL website.
August 13, 12-1:30pm Discovering Public Records: What is out there and How do I get it? (1.5 CLEs)
With David Nathanson – Partner, Wood and Nathanson
How do you file a public records request in Massachusetts? What agencies are subject to public records requests? What sort of information can you request – and from which agencies? What are some of the obstacles, such as cost and access, to obtaining public records?
Attorney David Nathanson will discuss these questions and more in this overview of public records law and practice. He will discuss changes to public records law (2017) and new case law that broadened the access to public records information.
August 13, 3-4pm Using Data to Raise Race (1 CLE)
Join us for an interactive discussion on discovery requests and motions to dismiss pre-trial to address claims of selective prosecution and racial profiling. Attorneys Chris Freitas and Deb Freitas will walk us through two cases were they raised these issues, we will see how they acquired the data and provide suggestions for how to break down your case in order to make a cogent argument for dismissal. Register Here
August 21, 1:00-2:30, CAFL Zoominar Series PART TWO: Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Zoom Court (1.5 CLEs)
CAFL’s Zoominar Series Part Two will focus on preparing yourself and your client for a temporary custody or other evidentiary hearing. Presenters include CAFL Legal Response Team members Lisa Augusto, Cris Freitas, Deb Freitas, and Cheryl Ludwig. This session will highlight topics covered in CAFL’s Best Practice Guide for Zoom Hearings (now available on our website) and will include: due process issues, client access to technology, preparing clients to testify, use of interpreters, confidentiality, client communication, and preparing exhibits and other witnesses.
August 24-28, 2020, NACC’s 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference (8 CLEs)
The National Association of Counsel for Children is presenting its 43rd annual conference on line this year. Plenary sessions and breakouts are spread out throughout the week and attendees have the option to view all the sessions live and recorded. Topics include tools to challenge congregate care, engaging parents in crisis, legal tools and resources to combat implicit racial bias in child welfare and juvenile proceedings, the overuse of psychiatric medication, updates on Families First, representing parents with disabilities, advocating for transgender youth, and more. For more information, go to: https://www.naccchildlaw.org/general/custom.asp?page=Conference.
September 15, 1:00-2:30, CAFL Zoominar Series PART THREE: Conducting a Zoom Hearing (1.5 CLEs)
CAFL’s Zoominar Series Part Three will focus on conducting a temporary custody or other evidentiary hearing. Presenters include CAFL mentors Michelle Cruz and Lisa Kling, and CAFL Senior Trial Counsel Victoria Bleier and Nancy Hathaway. This session will highlight topics covered in CAFL’s Best Practice Guide for Zoom Hearings (now available on our website) and will include: Zoom procedures, protecting the rights of parents and children, presentation tips, troubleshooting tech problems, examining witnesses, including how to impeach and refresh recollection, introducing documents and tips for preserving the record.
September 16, 2020, Time TBD
Save the date for the next in a series on racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practice sponsored by the National Alliance for Parent Representation and hosted by the ABA Center for Children and the Law.
September 22, 4-6pm Immigration and Family Law Webinar (2 CLE’s)
Recent changes to immigration law and an increase in immigration enforcement have resulted in significant consequences for noncitizens attempting to remain in or immigrate to the United States to be with their US Citizen Family members. Who can stay here and who can come here? More importantly, who cannot? Is there a legal line to get into? Three experienced immigration attorneys will discuss current events in family immigration law and answer these questions and more.
September 22-23, 2020, Time TBD
Save the dates for a convening sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Houston University Graduate College of Social Work highlighting their collaborative effort upEND, a movement aimed at ending the current child welfare system as we know it and creating new, anti-racist structures and practices to keep children safe and protected in their homes. For more information, visit: https://cssp.org/about-us/connect/press-room/new-movement-seeks-to-upend-the-child-welfare-system-and-create-anti-racist-supports-for-children-and-families/.
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.
Available online, on-demand, until December 31, 2020
Addressing Substance Use Treatment and Recovery in a Time of Social Disruption (3 CLEs)
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.