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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 for Judges and Attorneys Handling Child Protective Services Cases. The resource letter features information about timely announcements, scholarships, upcomin ...

Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

The Children’s Commission promotes child welfare-related CLE in several ways: in partnership with TexasBarCLE; providing webcasts generated by the Commission; and on-demand CLE from other jurisdictions available at no cost for which the Commission has obtained Texas MCLE credit. Please see below for more information on curr ...

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)

The 2019 applications for Child Welfare Law Specialization are now available online until April 30, 2019, at the TBLS “Get Certified” page. Among other requirements, applicants must be licensed to practice law for at least 5 years and show substantial involvement in specific matters and cases as listed below. Applicants are ...

Trial Skills Training

The Children's Commission's Trial Skills Training (TST) is a unique, realistic, 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 ...

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. Also, the Commission provides funding for the following training endeavors. Child ...