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  • September 12, 2019 Section Meeting
    On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section recognized Attorney John N. DiStassio, Bridgeport Juvenile Public Defender's Office, for his excellence in Juvenile Law.  Attorney DiStassio received his BA from Fairfield University in1967; his M.A. from Fairfield University in 1970; and his J.D. from New York Law School in 1975. He was in private practice from…
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section: Probate Judge Matthew Jalowiec (SCW191017)

    2019-10-17

    Intersection of Juvenile Court and the Probate Court Speaker Honorable Matthew J. Jalowiec 
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section: DCF Commissioner Dorantes (SCW191114)

    2019-11-14

  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section Meeting (SCW190912): DCF Commissioner's Vision for the Courts

    2019-09-12

    Speaker Michael C. Williams, DCF Deputy Commissioner of Operations Program Description The CLE will discuss the Commissioner’s vision for Department of Children and Families (DCF) regarding the Courts of Family, Juvenile, and Probate. CLE Credits 1.5 CT CLE Credits | 0.0 NY CLE Credits Before the CLE program we will recognize Attorney John N. DiStassio, Bridgeport Juvenile Public Defender's Offic…
  • Representing Victims of Childhood Trauma: Resilience Screening (EDU190404)

    2019-04-04

    Join us for a screening of the film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope, a one-hour documentary about the science of childhood trauma and the movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Following the film, learn about the long term impact of traumatic events on children, discuss ways the medical community, legal community, and judicial system can assist victims of trauma, and …
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section (SCW190523): Preserving Issues & Recognizing Final Judgments

    2019-05-23

    Speaker Jay Sexton, Sexton & Company, LLC Program Description The CLE will discuss different ways to preserve issues for appellate review, as well as to cover the various interlocutory decisions that occur throughout a child protection case that actually constitute a final judgment for purposes of appeal.  In addition, we will cover the additional mootness concerns that frustrate ap…
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law: State of Juvenile Court from the AAG's Perspective (SCW190307)

    2019-03-07

    Speaker AAG Cynthia Mahon Program Description The Attorney General’s Child Protection department is staffed with over 40 attorneys.  They are dedicated to protecting the children of the State of Connecticut from abuse and neglect.  This past year, the Child Protection Department represented the Department of Children and families in thousands of Juvenile Court cases, to protect children…
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law: State of the Juvenile Court from the Judge's Perspective (SCW190207)

    2019-02-07

    Speaker: Judge Conway, Chief Administrative Judge – Juvenile Division The Honorable Bernadette Conway was a former prosecutor and Superior Court Judge since 1999. Judge Conway sat as a Presiding Judge of the Family Division in the New Haven Judicial District. She also has presided over Juvenile and Criminal matters, and served as the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court in New Haven. Since 2013, she …
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law: Court Ordered Evaluations (SCW190110)

    2019-01-10

    Program Description Working with clients who are ordered to submit to psychological evaluations can be challenging when they have limited understanding of the purpose of the evaluations and the impact for them overall in the process. Offering information to clients is helpful and can provide context to them as they go through the process. Discussions regarding how to introduce the psychological ev…
  • Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Section (SCW181206)

    2018-12-06

    Wheeler Clinic’s Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Program Speakers Emy McGaffin, Program Manager Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Program, Wheeler Clinic Laura Campbell, Supervisor Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Program, Wheeler Clinic Program Description Wheeler’s Reunification and Therapeutic Family Time Services (R&TFTS) program is a strengths-based program th…
  • Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Section (SCW181025)

    2018-10-25

    Parent Representation in Abuse Case and the Need for Experts Speaker:  Attorney Rob Lewonka Attorney Robert Lewonka graduated from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2000. He obtained his undergraduate degree from IONA College in 1997. Attorney Lewonka began his legal career as an associate for the Law Offices of Kieran J. Costello in Fairfield, Connecticut focusing on Juvenile Law, Pro…
  • Child Welfare & Juvenile Law Section: – Anders v. California (SCW180913)

    2018-09-13

    Cost:  $15  (sandwiches, salad, cookies and soda) Attend via conference call $0: Call in Number: (563) 999-2090  |  Participant Access Code: 768583# CLE Credits: *CT: 1.0 CLE Credits  |  NY: 0.0 CLE Credits *CBA Members:  To receive credit, sign the attendance verification form at the meeting, and your credits will be posted to your Professional Development Jou…
  • Student Data Privacy: How Secure are Student Records CLE (EED181113)

    2018-11-13

    Online programs and applications play an increasingly significant role in K-12 education. Schools need to strike a balance between innovative classroom practices and student privacy. Get an update on the latest developments in federal and state law on student privacy, and discuss current resources and practices used by Connecticut schools
  • The Essentials of School Expulsion CLE (EED180920)

    2018-09-20

    Get an overview of the statutory requirements and relevant case law surrounding expulsions.
  • Achieving Meaningful Diversity & Inclusion for Lawyers & Law Students w/ Disabilities CLE(EDI180907)

    2018-09-07

    The Second Diversity and Inclusion Symposium will focus on challenges and strategies for effective diversity and inclusion for members of the Connecticut legal community with disabilities.
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section
    The purpose of the Child Welfare and Juvenile Law Section is to discuss and consider issues impacting children and parents who become involved in the legal process as it pertains to child protection and juvenile justice; to promote the continuing education of CBA members and the general community with respect to such issues; monitor proposed legislation, regulations, policy, and court rules affec…