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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)

In partnership with the State Bar of Texas, the Children's Commission and TexasBarCLE regularly produce and make 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 B ...

Scholarships

Announcing 2019 Summer Scholarship Opportunities for Child Welfare Attorneys The Children’s Commission is currently offering scholarships for qualifying attorneys to attend the State Bar of Texas’ 2019 one-day Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop, as well as the 2019 National Association of Counsel for Children’s 42nd Annual N ...

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 ...