Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Registration is OPEN for the Annual Conference of the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah

The PDA invites you to register for the Annual Conference of the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah which will be held on April 28-29, 2016.

This is a two day conference is created to train practitioners who represent parents in Utah's Juvenile Courts.  This year you will find a variety of topics covered, including:
  • Parental Fitness Evaluations
  • Drug Testing
  • Ethics: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
  • The Office of Services Review
  • Case law Update
  • Legislative Update
  • Professionalism and Civility
The final agenda is pending and will be available prior to the conference.  11.5 hours of CLE credit will be requested from the Utah State Bar.


Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:30am until Friday, April 29, 2016 at 1:00pm.  This year we will have the same amount of CLE available, but are putting more sessions on the first day so that we will be done after lunch on the second day.

Registration is currently available by clicking on the link above or going to: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1805796

Registration will close on April 15, 2016, but you should register soon to ensure hotel availability.


The cost of the conference this year will be $150.  For those attorneys who have a defense contract with their county (including conflict contracts), a $50 discount is available.  Please contact your board representative to get your code.

Judicial Districts
Board Member Representative
Contact Email
1 and 2
Carol Mortensen
Jim Smith
Grant Dickinson
5 and 6
David Boyer
7 and 8
Mark Tanner

For those who wish to pay with a check rather than a credit card, please contact me for a code and I will send you an invoice.


We will be staying at the Homestead Resort in Midway, Utah.  You do not need to contact the resort to reserve a room.  Please do so through your registration.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - If you travel more that 50 Miles to the conference you may reserve a Wednesday night room for free with the code 50MILES.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - All participants are welcome to reserve a Thursday night room with their registration.

Friday, April 29, 2016 - For those who wish to stay an extra night, Friday night rooms are available for a discounted rate of $100.  These may be reserved and paid for through your registration.


Meals are included in your registration.  However if you have a guest coming with you to the conference who would like to join you for meals, you may sign up for those as part of the registration.

New this year there is a place to indicate if you have any special dietary needs such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or other.


If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact your board member representative or you can email me at kate@parentaldefense.org or call at 801-834-7646.

We look forward to seeing you all in April!