Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective by Judge Leonard Edwards

We are so pleased that Judge Edwards will be keynoting our Annual Conference this year.

He has recently published a book called Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective.  You can learn more about the book HERE.

We were able to get copies of the book to give to the first 50 attorneys who registered for the conference.

For those of you who didn't get one you can request a hard copy by contacting:

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Attention: Cheryl Davidek
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507

There is no charge for the book, but there will be a small charge for shipping and handling.

The book is also available for download in .mobi format for Kindle and .epub format for other eReaders.

From the Foreword by the Hon. Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court:
“As juvenile court judges, we must find that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent the removal of children from their families, that reasonable efforts have been made to give families a meaningful opportunity to reunify after the children have been removed, and that reasonable efforts have been made to secure permanency for children. These findings must be made within the context of every case, taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of every family and its members. The issues are varied and often complex. …

Monday, April 6, 2015

New York Court Finds Mental Illness Does Not Constitute Neglect

A New York appeal court recently held that the state had failed to prove by a preponderance of evidence that there was a connection between a mother's mental illness and actual or potential harm to the child.  You can find the full opinion HERE.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Additional E-Filing Information

Wondering how to file documents electronically with the Juvenile Court?  There are two ways to find out more.


On Friday April 10th @ 10:00 a.m. there will be information held via video conference for the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Districts.

Attorneys that are interested should contact the local district contact person listed below if they are interested in attending.

​1st District- ​135 N 100 W in Logan, the contact person is Chris Jeppesen - 

​5th District- ​206 W. Tabernacle, St. George, the contact person is Carolyn Bulloch-

​6th District-​ 845 East 300 North​ in, Richfield​, the contact person is Keri Sargent -
​7th District- ​ 149 E 100 S ​in ​Price​, the contact person is Kyleigh Thompson -

8th District - 920 East Hwy. 40, Vernal, the contact person is Kelly Calder ​-

Libby Wadley of the Administrative Office of the Courts will be joining us at the Zermatt on April 23, 2015 to answer questions about CARE and E-Filing.  Make sure you stop by her booth at the conference to get more information.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Article: "The Other Public Defenders"

The National Association for Public Defense recently published an article on their website called "The Other Public Defenders: Representing Parents Who Lose Their Children to Foster Care."

It's a nice article on the hard good work that you do.  Check it out!