Conferences and Training

About Conferences and Training

Attorney conference calls provide up-to-date information on topics related to legal advocacy. These trainings are conducted by both Program staff and experts from outside the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program. Each hour long presentation has been approved for CLE credit (CLE Credit is good for 18 months from the Conference Date). Below you will find audio files of these conference calls as well as practice aids and materials provided by the lecturer. If you are an attorney and would like to receive CLE credit for listening to the audio file below, please visit the Florida Bar website and submit the course number provided to receive CLE credit.

We have also included Video Trainings which are also available for CLE credit.  CLE is available 18 months from the presentation date.


Banner for GAL websiteConference Title: 2018 Florida Guardian ad Litem Disabilities Training Conference – What’s Your SuperPower?  This year over 400 attorneys, judges and child welfare professionals attended the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Disabilities Training Conference.   Click here to link to conference videos (CLE credits) of the workshops and keynote speakers from the conference. 

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Conferences and Training Archives

Click Here to View 2015 Conferences and Training

  • MEDICAID, Nancy Wright, Attorney, Law Office of Nancy E. Wright (VIDEO)
  • PLAYING WITH A FULL DECK – MOTION TO COMPEL (AUDIO)
  • BRIDGING THE GAP FOR TRANSITIONING YOUTH WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES:  FROM FOSTER CAARE TO ADULTHOOD.   Bethanie Barber, Esq., Program Director, Edward Dimayuga, Esq., Public Benefits Attorney, and Ericka Garcia, Esq., Developmental Disabilities Attorney  Legal Aid Society of the O.C.B.A., Inc. (VIDEO)
  • MEDICAID ISSUES FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN (MEDICAID WAIVER), Paolo Annino J.D., PhD, Glass Professor of Public Interest Law, Florida State University College of Law (VIDEO)
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION, Paolo Annino J.D., PhD, Glass Professor of Public Interest Law, Florida State University College of Law (VIDEO)
  • PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION AND OUR FOSTER YOUTH, Christine Meyer, Supervising Attorney, Guardian ad Litem Program (VIDEO)
  • ATTORNEY TRAINING ON LEGAL ISSUES INVOLVING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES: GUARDIANSHIP OR GUARDIAN ADVOCATE?  (VIDEO
  • GUARDIANSHIP AND GUARDIAN ADVOCATE TRAINING FOR ATTORNEYS, Dade County Legal Aid and the Disabilities Independence Group
  • ETHICS (AUDIO)

Click Here to View 2014 Conferences and Training

  • IMMIGRATION LAW AND DEPENDENT YOUTH
  • UPDATES IN PATERNITY
  • NORMALCY

Click Here to View 2013 Conferences and Training

  • HIPAA TRAINING
  • E-FILING/E-SERVICE TRAINING
  • NORMALCY AND LEGISLATIVE CHANGES UPDATE
  • ETHICS AND PROFESSIONALISM

Click Here to View 2012 Conferences and Training

  • YOUTH IN COURT
  • STRIDES TO NORMALCY
  • CROSSOVER YOUTH TRAINING WITH ROB MASON, Assistant Public Defender of the 4th Judicial Circuit
  • BALANCING THE SCALES, Michelle A. Smith, Esquire, M.E.S.S.

Click Here to View 2011 Conferences and Training

  • CLE RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT, Bethany Barber
  • DISABILITY RIGHTS, Edie Sheeks, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Florida
  • CHILD HEARSAY, Charles W. Ehrhardt, Ladd Professor of Evidence, Florida State University College of Law
  • EFFECTIVE DEPOSITIONS: LAYING THE LANDMINES, Chris Andriacchi, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • ETHICS IN DEPENDENCY COURT, David Silverstein, Office of the Attorney General, Children’s Legal Services Hillsborough County Florida

Click Here to View 2010 Conferences and Training

  • TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED PARENT, Hillary Kambour, Director of Training, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS, Bernard Perlmutter, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education, Children & Youth Law Clinic, University of Miami School of Law – Presented by Caitlin Currie, Shana Schoem and Seida Wood
  • PARENTAGE IN DEPENDENCY, Alicia Guerra, Deputy General Counsel, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • SHELTER HEARINGS, Judge Sue Robbins, Circuit Judge, Fifth Circuit, Marion County
  • OVERVIEW OF PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
  • SEXUAL ABUSE & THE KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ACT, Karen Oehme, J. D., Institute Director, Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation & Sonia Crockett, J.D.
  • BEST INTEREST, Alicia L. Guerra, Deputy General Counsel, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
  • THE EFFECTS OF AN APPEAL ON YOUR CASE, Wendie Cooper, Appellate Counsel, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • CASE LAW UPDATE, Hillary Kambour, Director of Training, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • DELINQUENCY ISSUES FOR DEPENDENT CHILDREN, Carrie Lee, Director of the Juvenile Justice Center, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION ISSUES FOR CHILDREN IN THE DEPENDENCY SYSTEM, Gerry Glynn, Associate Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Programs, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University
  • CONTEMPT, Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., of the 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
  • REPRESENTING OLDER CHILDREN, Andrea Khoury, American Bar Association and Amy LaMere, Senior Program Attorney, Florida Guardian ad Litem

Click Here to View 2009 Conferences and Training

  • IN THE TRENCHES: JUVENILE DEPENDENCY CASES FROM SHELTER TO ADOPTION, The Honorable Tracy Sheehan, Circuit Court Judge and Jon Johnson, General Magistrate, Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
  • INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN (ICPC), Steve Pennypacker Esq., Compact Administrator, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • MASTER TRUSTS, Deborah A. Schroth, CLS Counsel for Independent Living, Master Trust and Education.
  • LEGAL ETHICS IN DEPENDENCY PRACTICE, David Silverstein, Office of the Attorney General, Children’s Legal Services Hillsborough County Florida .
  • VIEW FROM THE BENCH, Judge Altenbernd, Second District Court of Appeals, and Judge Seals, Twentieth Circuit Court.
  • 2009 LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, Deborah Lacombe, Deputy General Counsel, Legislative Affairs, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office.
  • GUARDIANSHIP 101 FOR CHILD ADVOCATES, Shannon M. Miller, MILLER & BRASINGTON, P.L.
  • EDUCATION: THE FOSTERING CONNNECTIONS TO SUCCESS AND INCREASING ADOPTIONS ACT OF 2008, Kristin Kelly and Kathleen M. McNaught, Center on Children and the Law, American Bar Association
  • INDEPENDENT LIVING, Bill Booth, Esq., Juvenile Advocacy Project, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
  • SEXUAL ABUSE ISSUES & THE KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ACT, Karen Oehme, J. D., Institute Director, Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation & Sonia Crockett, J.D

Click Here to View 2008 Conferences and Training

  • THE FOSTERING CONNECTIONS TO SUCCESS ACT:  OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES FOR FLORIDA, Don Winstead, Deputy Secretary of the Department of Children & Families, presented by The Florida Bar Foundation Children’s Legal Services Grantees and the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar.
  • EARLY PERIODIC SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT (EPSDT) TRAINING PART II, Bernie Perlmutter, Director, The Children and Youth Law Clinic & Miriam Harmatz of Florida Legal Services
  • REPRESENTING YOUTH, Andrea Khoury, American Bar Association and the Honorable Nushin Sayfie, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN (ICPC), Steve Pennypacker Esq., Compact Administrator, Florida Department of Children and Families
  • EARLY PERIODIC SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT (EPSDT) TRAINING PART I, Anne L. Swerlick, Deputy Director Florida Legal Services, Inc. & Stephanie Johnson, Senior Attorney for the Team Child Program, Legal Services of North Florida, Inc
  • DEPOSITIONS OF CHILDREN, Frances J. Feinberg, Senior Staff Attorney, GAL Program
  • UNDERSTANDING THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (ICWA), Jennifer Staley, Esq., KidsVoice

Click Here to View 2007 Conferences and Training

  • PROVING NEXUS, Thomas W. Young, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
  • MASTER TRUST TRAINING PART I & II, William Booth, Esq., Juvenile Advocacy Project; John Walsh, Esq., Foster Children’s Project; Jim Walsh, Esq., Foster Children’s Project
  • LEGAL ETHICS IN DEPENDENCY PRACTICE, David Silverstein, Office of the Attorney General, Children’s Legal Services Hillsborough County Florida
  • TAKING AND DEFENDING DEPOSITIONS, Thomasina Moore, JD
  • PATERNITY, Alicia Guerra, J.D., M.S.W., Senior Program Attorney, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program
  • SEXUAL ABUSE ISSUES & THE KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE ACT, Karen Oehme, J. D., Program Director, Clearinghouse on Supervised Visitation & Sonia Crockett, J.D.
  • INDEPENDENT LIVING ISSUES, Deborah A. Schroth, Staff Attorney, Florida Legal Services, Inc.
  • CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE WESTLAW RESEARCH, Martin Melang, JD, Westlaw Government Account Manager
  • TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS, Florida Guardian ad Litem Regional Training
  • THE FLORIDA ATTORNEY DISCIPLINE SYSTEM, Kenneth L. Marvin Staff Counsel Director, Lawyer Regulation
  • PROFESSIONALISM IN PREPARING FOR TRIAL, George E. “Buddy” Schulz Jr., Partner, Holland & Knight, Lawyer Regulation
  • ADOPTION SUBSIDIES, ENHANCED SUBSIDIES AND MORE!, Helen Spohrer, Supervising Attorney, Florida Guardian ad Litem Program

Click Here to View 2006 Conferences and Training

  • MEDICAID WAIVERS AND EARLY PERIODIC SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT (EPSDT), Professor Paolo Annino, Florida State University College of Law
  • IMPLIED CONSENT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR & PETITIONS FOR HABEAS CORPUS, Patricia M. Propheter, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • SINGLE-PARENT TERMINATIONS & VOLUNTARY SURRENDERS, Patricia M. Propheter, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • FLORIDA 2006 LEGISLATIVE CHANGES, Deborah Lacombe, Deputy General Counsel, Florida Guardian ad Litem Office
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS, Daniel P. Tressler, Psy.D.
  • EVIDENCE ISSUES INVOLVING JUVENILES IN FLORIDA, Charles W. Ehrhardt, Ladd Professor of Evidence, Florida State University College of Law