Attorney Resource Letter

The Children’s Commission has created a distribution list of attorneys to inform legal practitioners about issues related to child welfare through a regular communique, the Attorney Resource Letter (ARL). The ARL features information about timely announcements, scholarships, upcoming trainings, along with updates on child w ...

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

In partnership with the State Bar of Texas, the Children's Commission regularly produces and makes available live, archived, and accredited online MCLE courses to provide education and training for attorneys who take court-appointed cases or who represent the DFPS on CPS dockets around the state. The State Bar’s TexasBar ...

Scholarships

The Children's Commission regularly offers scholarships to qualifying attorneys to attend state and national conferences. Scholarships typically reimburse attorneys for conference registration fees, and occasionally, travel-related expenses.  Generally, to meet the criteria for all scholarships, the applicant must: be c ...

Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

On February 14, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court officially recognized Child Welfare Law as the 20th area of certified legal specialization. TBLS staff will format the online application and the process of writing the exam and administering the applications has now begun. TBLS has approved the membership for both the Child Wel ...

Trial Skills Training

The Children's Commission's Trial Skills Training (TST) is a unique and effective hands-on training designed to improve the litigation skills of child welfare law attorneys in order to raise the caliber of legal services to children and families in child protection cases across the state. Each TST program has a competitiv ...

Other Training Opportunities

The Children's Commission supports a number of additional training opportunities including the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS), NACC Child Welfare Legal Specialization (CWLS), and is a MCLE Sponsor through the State Bar of Texas.  Department of Family Protective Services Regional Attorney Annual Meeting The Chi ...