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Parent representation discussed at webinar

The Michigan Judicial Institute and Child Welfare Services (CWS) will present a webinar on “The 10 Commandments of Parent Representation” Tuesday, February 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

This training is designed to provide practical tips from a judicial perspective on how to establish a relationship with the parent, effectively communicate with the parent, interact with the court and agencies, and understand the importance of advocacy at all phases of parent representation.

Speaking at the program will be Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Karen Braxton.

This presentation is designed for attorneys in child protective proceedings; however, the content will be useful for all child welfare professionals including jurists, court staff, CPS and foster care workers, law enforcement, medical professionals, mental health providers, education professionals, and Foster Care Review Board members.

To register, visit and scroll down to “events.”

MDTC webinar to focus upon ‘How to Win Your Appeal’

The Michigan Defense Trail Counsel will present the webinar “How To Win Your Appeal In The Trial Court, Or At Least How To Not Lose It” on Wednesday, February 8, from noon to 1 p.m. via Zoom.

The event will feature discussion and analysis from leading appellate lawyers on the major opinions released in the ‘21-’22 term, including cases sounding in medical malpractice, governmental immunity and trucking negligence.

Speakers will provide practice tips aimed at making trial counsel better “record” advocates whether prosecuting or defending their case.

The webinar will also look ahead to pending issues on the Supreme Court docket and identify issues that may arise in the ‘22-’23 term.

Registration for the webinar is free for MDTC members and $25 for non-members. Visit to register.

ALA seeks volunteers to help at food bank

The Association of Legal Administrators, Metropolitan Detroit Chapter, will take part in a volunteer opportunity at Forgotten Harvest on Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Volunteers will pack emergency food boxes for the community. ALA has 25 volunteer spots to fill.  

Forgotten Harvest delivers 144,000 pounds of surplus food per day to local charities five days a week.

Forgotten Harvest is located at 15000 W. 8 Mile Rd. in Oak Park.

Volunteers can register to help by visiting



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