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Juvenile Court Judicial Forum 2018

Insight into the judicial perspective on difficult issues

2180094P01
Thursday, 1/25/2018, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Practice in the Juvenile Court is uniquely challenging. The stakes are high, and the representation has far reaching effect. Whether you represent children and their families in care and protection proceedings, juvenile delinquency, or matters concerning children requiring assistance, you are all too familiar with the urgency felt by your clients, and the burden you carry when they turn to you to navigate them through this process. Juvenile Court judges deal with the issues presented in your cases in various ways, and they are given broad discretion to do so. This program identifies the factors which the panelists consider in reaching decisions, and includes practice tips for the attorneys on both sides of the case. The expert panel of judges is presented with several issues—those that arise in delinquency matters and child welfare matters—and asked to address those factors that play into their decision making. 

Attorneys from all levels of experience benefit from hearing directly from the judges in this fast-paced format. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the judicial perspective, and be better prepared the next time you walk into court!

2:00 – 2:10
Welcome and Introduction
J. W. Carney, Jr., Esq., J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates, Boston, Chair
2:10 – 2:25
The Supreme Judicial Court announced new considerations for the setting of bail in Brangan v. Commonwealth, 477 Mass. 691 (2017). What impact has this decision had on your setting of bails in the Juvenile Court?
Hon. Kenneth J. King, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. John S. Spinale, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
2:25 – 2:45
The opioid crisis in Massachusetts has has a tremendous impact on the court system. What approaches can counsel consider in a C&P proceeding in order to get a parent meaningful treatment for a drug and/or alcohol addiction issue in his or her effort to regain custody of the child?
Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
2:45 – 3:00
Should juveniles who are held in custody get priority in the scheduling of delinquency or youthful offender trials?
Hon. John S. Spinale, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Kerry Ann Ahern, Essex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
3:00 – 3:15
What factors do you consider in whether to order parent-child and sibling visitation when a child is in foster care?
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Kenneth J. King, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
3:15 – 3:30
What conditions do you believe are essential for the release of a child on bail, and are you reluctant to set additional conditions because this could be setting up a child to violate them?
Hon. Kerry Ann Ahern, Essex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
3:30 – 3:50
How far are you willing to go in considering “reasonable efforts” to prevent removal of a child at a temporary custody hearing?
Hon. Kenneth J. King, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
3:50 – 4:00
Networking and Refreshment Break
4:00 – 4:10
Must juvenile courtrooms be closed to other lawyers who wish to observe the proceedings in their capacity as officers of the court for educational purposes?
Hon. John S. Spinale, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:10 – 4:25
How active are you willing to be in addressing the educational needs of children who are in substitute care?
Hon. Kerry Ann Ahern, Essex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Kenneth J. King, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:25 – 4:40
When does shackling of a juvenile become necessary in a courtroom, and how formal a justification needs to be presented?
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Hon. Kerry Ann Ahern, Essex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:40 – 4:43
What are the most effective arguments made by counsel to persuade you to give “one last chance” to a parent who has an inconsistent history in dealing with a substance abuse issue?
Hon. John S. Spinale, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:43 – 4:46
What are the most effective arguments made by counsel for DCF to persuade you not to give “one last chance” to a parent who has an inconsistent history in dealing with a substance abuse issue?
Hon. Kenneth J. King, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:46 – 4:49
What are the most effective arguments made by counsel in a close case in order to persuade you not to impose detention on a juvenile in a youthful offender prosecution?
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:49 – 4:52
What are the most effective sentencing arguments to you in youthful offender sentences?
Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:52 – 4:55
What is the most important trial advocacy tip that you can offer counsel in making their closing arguments before you?
Hon. Kerry Ann Ahern, Essex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4:55
Closing remarks
J. W. Carney, Jr., Esq., J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates, Boston, Chair

Special Program Materials:

Table of Contents

Chair

J. W. Carney, Jr., Esq., J. W. Carney, Jr. & Associates, Boston

Faculty

Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell
Hon. Helen Brown Bryant, Suffolk County Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston

Speaker(s)

Fees

  • $175.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
  • $146.25 - New Lawyer
  • $146.25 - Pending Admittee
  • $146.25 - Law Student
  • $146.25 - Paralegal
  • $195.00 - All Others

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