Conferences and Training ~ Archive 2006

Attorney conference calls are held monthly and 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. 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 documents from Regional Training the Program has presented to program attorneys, case coordinators and staff.  Audio not provided.


Conference Title: MEDICAID WAIVERS AND EARLY PERIODIC SCREENING, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT (EPSDT), Professor Paolo Annino, Florida State University College of Law
Conference Date: December 11, 2006
CLE Course Number: 75826

audios Audio: Audio Recording on December 11, 2006 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
  Documents & Links:
Medicaid – Title XIX (DOC)
About Professor Paolo Annino:
Professor Paolo Annino has taught at the Children’s Advocacy Center since 1995. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and a J.D. from FSU College of Law. He has practiced law for more than 20 years. He is the attorney of record for more than 500 appellate cases in state and federal court. He also has an extensive trial and administrative law background and was the Chair of the Public Interest Law Section of the Florida Bar and is presently on the Executive Council of the Public Interest Law Section and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Bar Public Interest Law Reporter. He has been appointed twice by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to be on the Tobias Simon Award Recommendation Committee. He has published several articles in the American Bar Association Physical and Mental Disabilities Law Reporter. Professor Annino’s legal specialties are children’s issues and disability law.

Conference Title: IMPLIED CONSENT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR & PETITIONS FOR HABEAS CORPUS, Patricia M. Propheter, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program
Conference Date: October 26, 2006
CLE Course Number: 60846 (no longer available for CLE credit)

audios Audio: Audio Recording of October 26, 2006 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
  Documents & Links:
Outline of Habeas Corpus and Implied Consent Training (DOC)
About Patricia M. Propheter:
Patricia Murphy Propheter has practiced law in the area of child welfare for over ten years. After teaching exceptional children for eight years, she went to Wake Forest University, School of Law with the intention of becoming a child advocate. Since then, she has practiced in the areas of domestic violence, public benefits and dependency law. She was the managing attorney for the Domestic Violence and Public Benefits unit at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina, a senior attorney for Child Welfare Legal Services, Department of Children and Families in Palm Beach County, Florida and currently is part of the appellate team for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program in Florida. In addition, to practicing law, Ms. Propheter was involved in the development and implementation of the Kin Support Project in Palm Beach County, Florida and the Critical Skills Program at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.

Conference Title: SINGLE-PARENT TERMINATIONS & VOLUNTARY SURRENDERS, Patricia M. Propheter, Appellate Counsel, Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program
Conference Date: September 28, 2006
CLE Course Number: 50596 (no longer available for CLE credit)

audios Audio: Audio Recording of September 28, 2006 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)

Documents & Links:
Checklist for Single- Parent Termination of Parental Rights and Voluntary Surrenders (DOC)
Single- Parent Termination of Parental Rights and Voluntary Surrenders Outline (DOC)
About Patricia M. Propheter:
Patricia Murphy Propheter has practiced law in the area of child welfare for over ten years. After teaching exceptional children for eight years, she went to Wake Forest University, School of Law with the intention of becoming a child advocate. Since then, she has practiced in the areas of domestic violence, public benefits and dependency law. She was the managing attorney for the Domestic Violence and Public Benefits unit at the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina, a senior attorney for Child Welfare Legal Services, Department of Children and Families in Palm Beach County, Florida and currently is part of the appellate team for the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program in Florida. In addition, to practicing law, Ms. Propheter was involved in the development and implementation of the Kin Support Project in Palm Beach County, Florida and the Critical Skills Program at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.

Conference Title: FLORIDA 2006 LEGISLATIVE CHANGES, Deborah Lacombe, Deputy General Counsel, Florida Guardian ad Litem Office
Conference Date: July 25, 2006
CLE Course Number: 41136 (no longer available for CLE credit)

audios Audio: Audio Recording of July 25, 2006 Program Attorney Training
(3 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
Summary of Legislative Changes (DOC)
Chapter 39, Florida Statutes (2006) (PDF) – For a searchable database of Chapter 39, as well as all other Chapters in the Florida Statutes please visit the MyFlorida.com Statute Search.
About Deborah Lacombe:
As Deputy General Counsel, Deborah Lacombe provides legal support and advice to the Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office on policy issues and legislative matters. Prior to that, she was a Senior Attorney at the Office of State Courts Administrator. While at the OSCA she provided staff support for the Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court, and worked with the Dependency Court Improvement Program and Family Court Initiative.

Conference Title: PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS, Daniel P. Tressler, Psy.D.
Conference Date: June 28, 2006
CLE Course Number: 34366 (no longer available for CLE credit)

audios Audio: Audio Recording of June 28, 2006 Program Attorney Training
(4 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
Specimen 1 (DOC)
Specimen 2 (DOC)
Specimen 3 (DOC)
Psychological Evaluation (PPT)
About Dr. Daniel P. Tressler:
Dr. Daniel P. Tressler, a licensed psychologist, has been treating children for more than 20 years. As the founder of the Centers for Psychology, he has provided psychotherapeutic and assessment services for many of Central Florida’s abused and neglected children. Dr. Tressler has been an expert witness in criminal, civil, custody and dependency cases.

Conference Title: EVIDENCE ISSUES INVOLVING JUVENILES IN FLORIDA, Charles W. Ehrhardt, Ladd Professor of Evidence, Florida State University College of Law
Conference Date: May 25, 2006
CLE Course Number: 27836 (no longer available for CLE credit)

audios Audio: Audio
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
Evidence Training – Child Hearsay Business Records (DOC)
About Professor Ehrhardt:
Author of Florida Evidence (West Pub. 2003), the leading treatise on the topic, and Florida Trial Objections (West Pub. 3d ed. 2002), Professor Ehrhardt has been cited as an authority by appellate courts more than 400 times. He teaches Torts, Evidence, Trial Practice and Trial Evidence Seminar at Florida State University College of Law, and has been named Outstanding Professor seven times, most recently in 2000-2001.
Professor Ehrhardt serves as a Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He was a member of the faculties of both the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C. In Fall 2001, he was a Visiting Professor at University of Georgia. Professor Ehrhardt was the 2003 recipient of the Selig I. Goldin Award from the Criminal Law Section of The Florida Bar. He clerked for the Honorable M.D. Oosterhout of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, joined Florida State University College of Law’s faculty in 1967, and was named Mason Ladd Professor of Evidence in 1972. He is a graduate, with high honors, of University of Iowa College of Law.