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Child Welfare Law Training – Southern Alberta
June 25, 2021

This training session for will explore the many facets of child welfare law.

Who can attend: LAA staff lawyers, LAA roster lawyers in southern Alberta.

Agenda

Time
8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Topic
Welcome Remarks

Speakers
John Panusa, LAA President and CEO
Andrea Doyle, Legal Aid Alberta


Time
8:40 – 9:30 a.m.

Topic
Child Welfare 101

  • Understanding the basics
  • Statutory timelines
  • How to count days
  • Who is a guardian under CYFEA?
  • Disclosure
  • Best Practices
  • Mediation

Speakers
Vita Houlihan, Legal Aid Alberta
Michelle Protsch, Legal Aid Alberta


Time
9:30 – 9:40 a.m.

Wellness break


Time
9:40 – 10:45 a.m.

Topic
Initial Custody

  • How to effectively conduct an Initial Custody Hearing?
  • An Act Respecting – How to use this legislation in the context of ICHs

Speakers
Carla Hopfner, Legal Aid Alberta


Time
10:45 – 10:55 a.m.

Wellness Break


Time
10:55 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Topic
Assessments

  • Why and when are they are needed
  • What type PPA vs. neuro psych
  • Negotiating terms re: Assessments,
  • What to look for in an Assessment
  • How to cross-examine the expert

Speakers
Dr. Jim Tittemore
Kara Irwin
Jennifer Shaften Q.C.


Time
12:00-12:30 p.m.

Lunch break


Time
12:30 – 1:15 p.m.

Topic
Must-read caselaw

Resources for clients

  • Connections
  • First steps
  • PCAP/P-CAP- E – McMann

Speakers
Stuart Mair

Lauren Raymore
Carrie Lawson
PJ Lumley
Angela Knee
Sharon Dockrill


Time
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Topic
Child Welfare Trials

  • How to effectively conduct a child welfare trial
  • Preparing your client to testify
  • Cross examination of child welfare workers
  • Private Guardianship Applications
  • Negotiating Terms: How to properly enter a Consent on the record and obtaining written instructions
  • Ways to resolve and when to focus on negotiating post PGO access

Speakers
Vanessa Cork, Legal Aid Alberta
Michelle Lee, Legal Aid Alberta


Time
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Health break


Time
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Topic
Section 35.1 Reviews – Applications by a Former Guardian

  • S. 35.1 Reviews of a PGO
  • Disclosure in S. 35.1 applications

Speakers
Charles Easton, Legal Aid Alberta


Time
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Topic
Panel Discussion

Speakers
Judiciary:
Assistant Chief Judge Cornfield
Judge Ailsby
Director’s Counsel:
Elizabeth Iredale
Parent’s Counsel:
Raj Laroiya, Legal Aid Alberta
Child’s Counsel:
Julie Hart


Time
4:00 – 4:05 p.m.

Topic
Closing remarks

Speakers

Andrea Doyle, Legal Aid Alberta

 

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