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Jurist in Residence and JIR Letters

The Jurist in Residence (JIR) acts as a consultant, trainer, and speaker to provide expert and seasoned judicial advice on matters affecting courts and legal system handling of child welfare cases and issues. The JIR Letter was created to routinely update judges on special matters. ...

Bench Book

The Children's Commission publishes a Texas Child Protection Law Bench Book (Bench Book) which outlines the state and federal statutory requirements for judges handling child protection cases, including topical sections and checklists. The Bench Book includes special issues which judges may encounter in overseeing child pro ...

Judicial Training

The Children's Commission has developed a number of judicial education trainings to meet Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit required by the State Bar of Texas. Texas judges qualify in receiving MCLE credit at no charge for programs put on by the State Bar of Texas' CLE branch, Texas Bar CLE. For more informati ...

Judicial Scholarships

The Children's Commission routinely offers scholarships to qualifying judges to cover the registration fee and occasionally other related travel expenses to attend several yearly national and state conferences. Criteria to receive a scholarship is determined per conference and announced as available; preference may be give ...

Other Training Opportunities

The Children's Commission supports a number of additional trainings and is a MCLE Sponsor through the State Bar of Texas. Child Welfare Legal Specialist (CWLS)  The Children's Commission offers reimbursement of the Certification Exam fee for Texas attorneys and judges who qualify for and pass the Child Welfare Legal Speci ...