Please see below for details about upcoming judicial scholarships to state and national conferences.

A day-long Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop is offered each year during the annual State Bar of Texas Advanced Family Law Course. This one-day training covers current topics of interest to Texas judges who hear child welfare cases and to Texas attorneys who practice on the CPS docket.

This year’s live State Bar of Texas Child Abuse and Neglect one-day Workshop will be held on August 5, 2020, in San Antonio, with video replays available thereafter in other major Texas cities.

More information on the live CLE and replay dates will be available on the State Bar’s website.

The registration fee for the Workshop is waived for Texas judges by TexasBarCLE. Judges wishing to attend the Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop should contact TexasBarCLE directly.

This one-day pre-conference training and the subsequent three-day training will convene a national community of multidisciplinary advocates for children, youth, and families and will cover a wide variety of topics. The main conference typically includes tracks on child welfare, juvenile justice, and family law issues. The pre-conference Red Book Training prepares attendees for the NACC’s Child Welfare Law Specialist exam but may also be of interest to those judges wanting an overview of federal issues in child welfare law. The NACC’s goal is to improve the lives of children and families through high-quality legal representation and other forms of advocacy, by offering a child welfare law certification process accredited by the American Bar Association, training and technical assistance to child law attorneys and other child welfare professionals, and engaging in public policy and legislative advocacy aimed at improving the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The NACC’s 43rd National Child Welfare Law Conference is scheduled for August 24-26, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. The pre-conference Red Book Training course is scheduled for August 23, 2020. Please visit the NACC website for more information.

More information on scholarships from the Children’s Commission to attend the 2020 NACC Annual Conference and/or Red Book Training Pre-Conference will be announced in late Spring 2020. Please check back here for more information about the scholarship and a link to the application.

The NCJFCJ 83rd Annual Conference will be held on July 19-22, 2020 in Reno, Nevada. More information about the conference is available on the NCJFCJ website.

More information on scholarships from the Children’s Commission to attend the 2020 NCJFCJ Annual Conference will be announced in late Spring 2020. Please check back here for more information about the scholarship and a link to the application.

Please note that the purpose of post-conference surveys issued to scholarship awardees following the above conferences is to let the Commission know what topics and speakers which judicial attendees would like to have the Commission bring to Texas for future educational opportunities.

Judicial Scholarships for State and National Certifications

The Children’s Commission offers financial support to those attorneys and judges seeking certification as a National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) Child Welfare Legal Specialist (CWLS) by way of a reimbursement scholarship for their application fee or exam fee for those applicants who successfully pass their CWLS exam. The scholarship is funded by the Children’s Commission and administered by the NACC. Texas attorneys and judges interested in becoming CWLS certified will pay their CWLS application fee and exam fee to NACC. The NACC will issue scholarship reimbursements directly to Texas attorneys and judges after they successfully complete the exam and receive certification. A discount is also available for those current CWLS who choose to recertify.

Please note the following details regarding CWLS certification:

  • For those attorneys who applied prior to 2018 and paid the application fee but received a scholarship from NACC or a source other than the Children's Commission to cover the $350 exam fee, Children's Commission funding can reimburse the $300 application fee once certification has been awarded.
  • For those attorneys who applied prior to 2018 and paid the exam fee but received a scholarship from NACC or a source other than the Children's Commission to cover the $300 application fee, Children's Commission funding can reimburse the $350 exam fee once certification has been awarded.
  • Judges who applied between January 1, 2018, and September 30, 2019, and are certified by September 30, 2019, are eligible to be reimbursed 75% of their CWLS combined application fee once awarded certification.

Recertification is required every five years. The recertification process is identical to the initial application process, minus the writing sample and exam. Texas attorneys and judges who are re-certified by September 30, 2019, are eligible to be reimbursed 60% of their recertification fee.

For more information, please visit the Texas Board of Specialization web page.