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Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2017 Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences is now open and available at (Parent Attorney Conference) and (Juvenile Defender Conference). Both conferences, cosponsored by the School of Government and the Office of Indigent Defense Services, offer approximately six hours of CLE credit and feature speakers from across the state. The agendas are posted on the conference webpages, shown above.


The Parent Attorney Conference provides training for attorneys, who represent parents in abuse,

neglect, dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings. This year’s conference will focus on looking ahead to address areas in which the parent attorney can enhance the practice.  In addition to a case law update, the conference will include sessions on the admissibility of digital evidence, changing visitation to family time, parent’s rights after removal, who speaks for a child’s best interest and implicit bias.


The Juvenile Defender Conference provides training for attorneys who represent children in delinquency proceedings. This year’s conference will focus on the practical application of detention hearings, motions to suppress and capacity to proceed. It will also include a case law update and a session on using scientific literature to advance In re Gault.

Participants: The Parent Attorney and Juvenile Defender Conferences are open to public defenders, appellate defenders, and other parent and juvenile defenders who handle a significant number of court-appointed cases.

Location, Dates, and Times: These conferences will be held Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11, respectively, at the School of Government on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Sign-in is 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. each day.

Registration: To register, as well as to find directions, hotel information, and other program information (including our cancellation and refund policy), visit:

If you would like to attend both conferences, you must register for each separately. The registration deadline for both conferences is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27.  There is no onsite registration.

Fee: Thanks to support from IDS, there is no fee for IDS state employees. The registration fee for private assigned counsel is $160, which includes all materials, parking, breaks, and lunch.

Hotel Information:

A block of rooms has been set aside on Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Express of Chapel Hill/Durham at a reduced nightly rate of $80 plus tax, which includes a hot breakfast and high speed wireless internet access. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 6119 Farrington Road in Chapel Hill. When reserving online, go to and use the group code PJC (all caps). To make a reservation by phone, call the hotel directly at 919.489.7555 and provide the name and dates of the program. These rooms are being held on a first-come, first-served basis. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. The reservation deadline for the block rate is July 18, 2017.

Credit: Each program will offer approximately six hours of continuing legal education (CLE) credit.  The Parent Attorney Conference qualifies for NC State Bar family law specialization credit and the Juvenile Defender Conference qualifies for NC State Bar criminal law specialization credit.

Additional Information: We look forward to seeing you in August.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact me, Tanya Jisa—Program Manager—at / 919.843.8981.  If you have questions about the course content please contact Austine Long – Program Attorney – at / 919.962.9594.



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