Other Training Opportunities
The Children's Commission supports a number of additional training opportunities and is a MCLE Sponsor through the State Bar of Texas. Also, the Commission provides funding for the following training endeavors.
The Child Protection Law Section was approved by the State Bar of Texas in January 2018. Every year, the Section hosts an Advanced Child Protection Law Course. The Children’s Commission supports this CLE through a grant of up to $15,000 to defray the costs of the CLE and provide registration scholarships. A post-event survey is disseminated by the Section to all attendees per the condition of the grant.
The Children's Commission provides funding to support the Department of Family and Protective Services’ Regional Attorney annual training, to cover costs such as speaker fees, facility fees and other expenses related to the meeting. The objective is to ensure agency attorneys have access to current case law, trial strategies, evidentiary issues, forensic developments, administrative law, ethics and other relevant procedural and substantive issues.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 DFPS Regional Attorney Conference was divided into two virtual events in October of 2020. A half-day virtual training attended by 82 legal support professionals was presented on October 7, 2020 and two half-day virtual training sessions on October 27 and 28, 2020 were attended by 86 DFPS attorneys. Topics included Legal Writing 101, The Anatomy of a Brief, and Strategies for Good Outcomes Despite Covid-19 and Other Challenges. DFPS is continuing to evaluate the scheduling and agendas for the 2021 conferences and the Commission will provide updates as soon as they are available.