An important component of improving the quality of legal representation for children is the provision of ongoing, meaingful training tailored to the specialized needs of attorneys representing children. A child-sensitive legal system depends upon a bench and bar of considerable sophistication and competence, in not only the law, but also on issues unique to children. When representing children, lawyers must, in addition to their legal skills, be able to draw upon interdisciplinary knowledge from such pertinent fields as psychology, sociology, social work and medicine. Children are best served by the legal child welfare system when judges understand the social and psychological implications of a case and what those mean developmentally for each child. Therefore, it is no surprise that the OCR is mandated to provide accessible and meaningful training to attorneys and judges.
Our training curriculum consists of two major conferences a year, "brown bag" trainings periodically around the state, training videos, and partnering with other agencies and organizations to create special training events for judges and attorneys.
Upcoming events are listed on our Schedule page, which displays training events hosted by both the OCR and related organizations. If you would like your training event advertised on OCR’s website, please contact Ashlee Jones for more details.
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