Representing Children In Contested Contested Custody Cases In Maryland

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					 Representing Children In Contested Custody Cases In
                     Maryland:
   The Guidelines Of Practice For Court-Appointed
  Lawyers Representing Children In Cases Involving
            Child Custody Or Child Access



           Thursday, May 27, 2010, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

                      Judicial Education Conference Center
                          2011D Commerce Park Drive
                           Annapolis, Maryland 21401




This 6.5 Hour Training program meets the requirement of Rule 9-205.1 of the Maryland
Rules for attorneys who wish to qualify for appointments in child custody and child
access cases, in accordance with Guideline 4 of the Maryland Guidelines for Practice for
Court-Appointed Lawyers Representing Children in Cases Involving Child Custody or
Child Access




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                                                        AGENDA
8:30 am – 8:45 am
Welcome & Introductions

8:45 am – 9:15 am
The Role of the Child’s Attorney Under the Guidelines - Roles & Responsibilities; Best Interest Attorney Litigates Rather
than Reports; Definition of Considered Judgment Liability; Orders of Appointment

9:15 am – 10:30 am
Child Development and Communication – Development, Needs & Abilities; Cognitive Ability, Mental & Emotional
Development; Context for Healthy Development; What Happens When Needs are Not Met; Implications for Parenting Plans;
Communications with the Child Client in Developmentally Appropriate Manner; Interview Techniques

10:30 am – 10:45 am
Break

10:45 am – 11:00 am
Questions and Answers on Child Development Issues

11:00 am – 11:45 am
Impact of Family Dysfunction, Child Abuse, Neglect, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Violence on Children &
Implications for Pediatric Legal Practice – Evaluating What is in a Child’s Best Interest; Recognizing Abuse That is Not
Physical; Coercive/Control Issues; Impact of Witnessing Family Violence

11:45 pm –12:00 pm
Questions and Answers on Special Issues

12:00 pm –12:45 pm
Lunch *****(Bring your own lunch. No catering)

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Calling in the Experts: Using Other Professionals to Enhance Your Understanding of Your Client’s Needs & Your
Client’s Case -Forensic Custody & Mental Health Evaluators; Substance Abuse Evaluations; Understanding & Addressing
Educational Needs; Identifying & Addressing Special Needs; Use Of Other Experts; Identifying Best Practice

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Tapping Local Resources - Available Court & Community-Based Resources

2:15 pm –2:30 pm
Break

2:30 pm –3:45 pm
Representing Your Child Client Effectively -Representational Issues; Evidentiary Concerns; Ethical Issues; Preparing And
Presenting A Child’s Viewpoint; Child Testimony & Alternatives To Direct Testimony; Your Role With Self-Represented
Litigants; Dealing With High Conflict Families

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Questions and Answers for Practitioners

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
A View from the Bench

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
Questions and Answers for Judges

4:30 pm - Adjourn



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                    PLANNING COMMITTEE


       Paul C. Berman, Ph.D.
       Berman & Killeen, P.A.                  Christopher Nicholson, Esq.
              Towson                        Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.
                                                          Towson

       Jennifer K. Cassel, Esq.
      Family Law Administrator                     Mary Sanders, Esq.
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County       Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.
               Annapolis                                  Towson


       Hon. Cynthia Callahan                       Keith Schiszik, Esq.
Circuit Court for Montgomery County                Day & Schiszik, P.A.
               Rockville                                Frederick


           Deborah Elm                               Hon. Ann N. Sundt
         Court Administrator                Circuit Court for Montgomery County
           Charles County                                  Rockville


     Erin Darner Gable, Esq.                     Barbara R. Trader, Esq.
   Coordinator of Legal Resources                      Salisbury
      Family Administration
             Annapolis
                                                  Donna Van Scoy, Esq.
                                                       Rockville
      Katherine Killeen, Ph.D.
       Berman & Killeen, P.A.
              Towson


  Connie Kratovil-Lavelle, Esq.
    Executive Director, Family
          Administration
 Administrative Office of the Courts
             Annapolis




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                               Registration Form


Name:


Address:




City:                                        State:                 Zip Code:


Phone Number:                                         Fax Number:


Email address:

        *No charge for the training*


        NOTE: No Lunch Provided. Bring your own lunch.
        (No catering offered)


        If you need any special accommodations with either the facility, please specify:




Return no later than APRIL 26th:
Erin Darner Gable, Esq.
Coordinator of Legal Resources
Department of Family Administration, Administrative Office of the Courts
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 260-3521, FAX: (410) 974-5577




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       Directions to the Judicial Education Conference Center:

From Baltimore Take 695E to 97S. Take 97S to 50E. Take Exit 24 - Rowe
Boulevard. Make a left at the signal onto Bestgate Road. Follow through three traffic
lights and turn right at the light onto Commerce Park Drive. Make a right at the sign
for Building Eight, enter at #2011D. Additional parking in the rear at #2009D
entrance.

From the Eastern Shore Take 301S to 50W. Continue on 50W over the Bay Bridge
toward Annapolis. Take Exit 24B - Bestgate Road. Follow through three traffic lights
and turn right at the light onto Commerce Park Drive. Make a right at the sign for
Building Eight, enter at #2011D. Additional parking in the rear at #2009D entrance.

From Western Maryland Take 70E to 32E. Take 97S to 50E. Take Exit 24 - Rowe
Boulevard. Make a left at the signal onto Bestgate Road. Follow through three traffic
lights and turn right at the light onto Commerce Park Drive. Make a right at the sign
for Building Eight, enter at #2011D. Additional parking in the rear at #2009D
entrance.

From Southern Maryland

St. Mary’s County: Take Route 4N to Route 2N. Take 50E to Exit 24 - Rowe
Boulevard. Make a left at the signal onto Bestgate Road. Follow through three traffic
lights and turn right at the light onto Commerce Park Drive. Make a right at the sign
for Building Eight, enter at #2011D. Additional parking in the rear at #2009D
entrance

Charles County: Take 301N. Take 50E to Exit 24 - Rowe Boulevard. Make a left at
the signal onto Bestgate Road. Follow through three traffic lights and turn right at
the light onto Commerce Park Drive. Make a right at the sign for Building Eight, enter
at #2011D. Additional parking in the rear at #2009D entrance.




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