MCLE’s Juvenile Delinquency & Child Welfare Law Conference brings you a cohesive program that addresses current issues in the juvenile delinquency and child welfare practice areas. Our planning committee is comprised of representatives from DYS, Probation, DCF, the District Attorney’s Office, CPCS YAD, the Juvenile Court, CPCS CAFL, and an expert in juvenile forensic mental health. Chief Justice Amy Nechtem starts the day speaking on the state of the Juvenile Court in Massachusetts and Judge Jay Blitzman closes out the Conference with some words of wisdom before a networking reception.
Conference highlights include featured speaker, clinical forensic psychologist, Dr. Antoinette Kavanaugh. While an expert in many areas of juvenile justice, Dr. Kavanaugh addresses an issue important to everyone who works with juveniles: how to connect with someone who is not from your world. Learn how to put away assumptions, address differences, and talk to the children you work with. Formerly the Clinical Director of the Juvenile Justice Division in the Cook County, Illinois Juvenile Court Clinic and a clinical professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law, Dr. Kavanaugh is now in private practice as a practitioner and consultant.
Conference workshops include digital and social media, motivational interviewing, pathway to speedy reunification, children in the courtroom and on the stand, and updates on the criminal law reforms that impact juveniles. Some sessions focus separately on delinquency and child welfare issues to allow for a more focused conversation on issues unique to each practice area. Also, hear from the real experts: juveniles who have been through the systems and parents who can give us insights to better understand those most impacted by the Juvenile Court. Program materials are available electronically before, during, and after the Conference.