Reception and Section Members’ Meeting – Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

at El Mercardo (1702 Lavaca St., Austin, Texas 78701) .
Reception open to all current and interested members.

Meeting of the members of the Section follows reception.
Dinner may be purchased.
Everyone pays for own dinner.


1st Annual
Advanced Child Protection Law Course
April 19 – April 20

April 19 – Texas Supreme Court Building, 201 W 14th Street #104, Austin, TX
April 20 – Texas Law Center, 1414 Colorado St, Austin, TX
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This course has been approved for 10 hours of CLE, including 2 hours of ethics, and is packed with information and live demonstrations that will help you become an expert in handling all aspects of CPS cases, from intake and preparation through trial and appeal. Below are just a few of the great topics you will find on this course:


  • The Child in Court: A New Mandate, An Ongoing Dilemma
  • Privatization: What We Know and What We Don’t
  • Trauma Informed Advocacy: A Lawyer’s Ethical Duty
  • Dismissal Deadlines – Problems and Solutions
  • Live Demonstration – Mock Trial: How to Keep from Losing Your Appeal During Trial
  • Preservation of Error in CPS cases
  • Top 10 Appellate Tips for Trial and Appellate Advocates
  • Live Demonstration – Moot Court: How to Win on Appeal


Register early! Seating is limited and this course will sell-out. The cost is only $125 for section members and $150 for all others. (The price increases $25 on April 1.) The Texas Children’s Commission is offering $125 scholarships to section members who meet certain eligibility requirements. Visit the Texas Children’s Commission Scholarship site for more information.


Course Amenities: Your registration includes breakfast, lunch, a networking reception and access to electronic course materials. If you are planning on taking the new Child Welfare Board Specialization exam – you won’t want to miss our TBLS study group on Friday morning. We will also have a historical tour of the Texas Supreme Court, narrated by Chris Griesel, the parliamentarian for the Texas House of Representatives.


Hotel Information: No hotels block has been arranged for this course. If you require a hotel, consider making your reservation early at the hotel of your choice. There are several events in Austin the same week, and hotel rooms may become scarce.


Annual Meeting 2018

June 21 – June 22