Conferences and Training ~ Archive 2008

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.


Conference Title: 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.
Conference Date: December 11, 2008

CLE Course Number: 96338  no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Fostering Connects to Success Act.  Training Recording on December 11, 2008
(GO TO Meeting)

Conference Title: 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
Conference Date: November 12, 2008
CLE Course Number: 67588  no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Audio Recording on November 12, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
Order Appointing Attorney Ad Litem (DOC)
Report by the Child’s Attorney Ad Litem on the Department of Children & Families’ Administration of Psychotropic Drugs to the Child and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (PDF)
Americas Sickest Children, Deborah Shelton Pinkey, Youth Law News, 1994 (PDF)
An Update, J.AM. ACAD. CHILD ADOLESC. PSYCHIATRY, 36:4, APRIL 1997 (PDF)
Omnibus Order Relating to Medical Passports and Health History (PDF)
Unmet Mental Health Needs Cause Failure Across Youth-Serving Institutions (PDF)
Juvenile Court Health Care/EPSDT Advocacy (PowerPoint), Bernard Perlmutter, Associate Clinical Professor & Director University of Miami School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic (PPT)
EPSDT: What Does It Mean For Your Clients and How Can you Use It? (PowerPoint), Miriam Harmatz, Florida Legal Services (PPT)

Conference Title: REPRESENTING YOUTH, Andrea Khoury, American Bar Association and the Honorable Nushin Sayfie, 11th Judicial Circuit
Conference Date: October 13, 2008
CLE Course Number: 77078  no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Audio Recording on October 13, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
Statutory References to Participation by Child – Chapter 39 (DOC)
Guardian ad Litem’s Motion To Produce Children For Hearing (DOC)
Order On Guardian ad Litem’s Motion To Produce Children for Hearing (DOC)
Order On Guardian ad Litem’s Motion To Produce Children for Hearing (Transportation) (DOC)
With Me, Not Without Me: How to Involve Children in Court, Andrea Khoury, Child Law Practice, November 2007 (PDF)
Seen and Heard: Involving Children in Dependency Court, Andrea Khoury, Child Law Practice, December 2006 (PDF)
Seen and Heard: Involving Children in Dependency Court (PowerPoint), Andrea Khoury, Honorable Nushin Sayfie, and Justin Taylor (PPT)

Conference Title: INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN (ICPC), Steve Pennypacker Esq., Compact Administrator, Florida Department of Children and Families
Conference Date: September 19, 2008
CLE Course Number: 70508  no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Audio Recording on September 19, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
GAL – Overview of ICPC Process (PPT)
Priority REG 7-From FL to Another State(CF-FSP 5288) (PDF)
Parent-Relative-FC-To FL from Another State (CF-FSP 5285) (PDF)
ICPC 2002 Guidebook with financial-legal highlights (PDF)
INFO-BITS-BY-STATE February 2008 (DOC)
FLORIDA Case assignment for APHSA (DOC)
Steve Pennypacker:
H. Stephen Pennypacker is a graduate of the University College of Law and Duke University. Mr. Pennypacker is currently the Compact Administrator for the Florida Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children. Mr. Pennypacker was formerly a Managing Attorney with DCF and has served as a General Magistrate in the Eighth Judicial Circuit, handling dependency cases. He is also a guest lecturer at the UF College of Law at the Family Law and Family Law Trial Clinics.

Conference Title: 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
Conference Date: July 30, 2008
CLE Course Number: 61038  no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Audio Recording on July 30, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
Documents & Links:
CHAPTER 409.903 (PDF)
CHAPTER 409.1451 (PDF)
DCF Memo Medicaid Expansion for Youth Exiting Foster Care (PDF)
Family Related Medicaid Programs Fact Sheet (PDF)
Medicaid Citations and Sources of Law (DOC)
Medicaid for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (DOC)
ORDER ON MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY (PDF)
Sample Fair Hearing Request Form (DOC)
Anne L. Swerlick:
Anne is the Deputy Director of Florida Legal Services, Inc., a state support center for legal aid providers in Florida. She has worked over thirty years in the public interest arena specializing in health, disability, juvenile and elder care issues. Her practice includes legislative and administrative advocacy, as well as litigation in state and federal courts.
Ms. Swerlick has presented at multiple state and national meetings on health and disability issues and provided training and legal support to numerous attorneys, social workers, child advocates and other representatives of health and human services organizations.
Ms. Swerlick was formerly employed as Managing Attorney with the Advocacy Center for Persons With Disabilities, Inc. (1987- 1991) where she primarily represented children on special education matters. She started her legal career as an attorney with Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and provided representation to low income clients on a variety of civil legal issues.
Ms. Swerlick received her B.A. (French/Psychology) (1974) from the University of Virginia and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (1977).
Stephanie A. Johnson
Stephanie graduated with honors from University of Florida, College of Law in 1993. She is a member of the Florida bar, Federal bar and Tallahassee Bar Association. She has worked at Legal Services of North Florida for last 15 years. Stephanie has served on several task forces and committees including: Parenting Liaison Committee, Predatory Lending Task Force, Consumer Workforce, Housing Workforce, and Independent Living Task Force. She is a trainer in landlord tenant law and children’s legal issues. In addition since 2004 she has been an adjunct professor at FSU, College of Law. She has advocated on behalf of children in crisis for the last 7 years. She represents children as an attorney ad litem and senior attorney of the TeamChild program involving civil legal advocacy for children in the delinquency system.

Conference Title: DEPOSITIONS OF CHILDREN, Frances J. Feinberg, Senior Staff Attorney, GAL Program
Conference Date: February 13, 2008
CLE Course Number: 70727 no longer available for CLE credit

audios Audio: Audio Recording on February 13, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
  Documents & Links:
Materials for Deposition Training (PDF)
Frances J. Feinberg:
Fran has been involved with the Florida Guardian ad Litem Program for over 15 years –first as a Guardian ad Litem volunteer in Miami and then as a Senior Staff Attorney. She is responsible for the management and direction of the Criminal Court Project at Kristi House, in Miami, Florida. Her duties include supervision of criminal court cases to pro bono attorneys in the South Florida legal community; legal representation of children who are victim/witnesses in criminal court cases which may or may not have a dependency case component; and development of administrative orders used in criminal court which safeguard children’s legal rights.

Conference Title: UNDERSTANDING THE INDIAN CHILD WELFARE ACT (ICWA), Jennifer Staley, Esq., KidsVoice
Conference Date: January 15, 2008
CLE Course Number: 81237 no longer available for CLE credit
To receive credit all participants must e-mail creynolds@flabar.org with: 1) your name; 2) your bar number; 3) the name and number of the course and 4) the date you completed the course in order to receive credit.

audios Audio: Audio Recording on January 15, 2008 Program Attorney Training
(2 minute download for Cable/DSL)
  Documents & Links:
Understanding ICWA Power Point Presentation (PPT)
Sample Letter to BIA – Used prior to Petitions or Orders being filed (PDF)
Sample Letter – Used after Petition filed and identity of child’s parents, guardians or Tribe is known (PDF)
Indian Lineage & Familiy Ties Chart (PDF)
Florida ICWA Fact Sheet, National Indian Child Welfare Association
Florida Governor’s Council on Indian Affairs (Link)
Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) (Link)
The National Indian Law Library (NILL), Native American Rights Fund – this site has resources by topic (including Indian Child Welfare), ICWA information, case summaries and information on Indian Trust Funds (IIM) discussed in the training. (Link)
Jennifer Staley:
Ms. Staley is a Team Supervisor at KidsVoice, an organization representing children in Pittsburgh, PA. Ms. Staley has spoken to community leaders and at various conferences about issues relating to children especially those issues that face children as they leave the foster care system. Ms. Staley is co-author of Helping Clients Transition to Independent Living. In addition to her membership in several children’s issues organizations, including the National Association of Counsel for Children and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee, Ms. Staley is a member of the ACBA Juvenile Law Committee, where she serves as co-chair of the CLE Planning Subcommittee. Ms. Staley serves on the Duquesne University Law School Alumni Association Board of Governors. Ms. Staley serves on the Board of Directors of CORO. Ms. Staley also serves on the Associate Board of Gilda’s Club of Allegheny County.