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Current Issues for Child Advocates 2020

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STARTThu., Sep. 17, 2020
8:30 AM
ENDThu., Sep. 17, 2020
4:15 PM
CLE 5 sub/1 eth* PRICE Regular: $199.00
New Attorney: $100.00
Subscribers Pay: $0.00

* = Ethics information has been integrated throughout this program. To receive ethics credit, you must attend the entire course.


Join the PBA Children’s Rights Committee and PBI for an integrated experience designed to help you become a more effective advocate for children, youth, and families.

Designed specifically for juvenile delinquency and dependency practitioners!

Designed for everyone whose cases include delinquency or dependency matters, this annual event offers a complete summary of significant case law and legislative developments, exposure to up and coming trends, and effective strategies for best representing your juvenile clients.

Take advantage of phenomenal networking!

Meet and mingle with GALs, judges, advocates, children and youth solicitors, social workers—and other professionals who represent Pennsylvania’s children. Build your professional network and make lasting contacts.

The Agenda:

8:30 AM - 10:40 AM
Case Law and Legislative Round-Up 

10:40 AM - 10:55 AM

10:55 AM - 11:55 AM
Family First Legislation

11:55 AM - 1:00 PM
Presentation of the “Child Advocate of the Year” Award to Parvis Azari

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Facility Dogs: Man’s Best Friend Meets the Courthouse 

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM
Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY)

Join in Honoring the Child Advocate of the Year - Luncheon Presentation

Join the PBA Children’s Rights Committee in honoring their Child Advocate of the Year, Parviz Ansari. Presented each year during the luncheon, this award recognizes an attorney or judge who has made a significant contribution to advancing the rights and legal representation of children.

About Parviz Ansari

Mr. Ansari is a 20 year veteran of the Office of the Public Defender in Centre County.  In 2010, Mr. Ansari was selected to head the juvenile unit where his sole focus is counsel for delinquent children and guardian ad litem for dependent children in Centre County.  He is described as “a tireless advocate for these children frequently working late into the night, weekends, and even holidays.” Mr. Ansari serves on both the Centre County Children’s Roundtable and the Balance and Restorative Justice Initiative.  He also works with his county’s Children and Youth supervisor and staff to work on systemic improvements.  He serves on the board of the Centre County Bar Association’s pro bono committee where he revised the pro bono model utilized in that county and developed a formal pro bono program which includes finding volunteers to assist youth transitioning into independent living who are confronted with civil litigation issues, such as landlord/tenant actions and benefit claims.  

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. A printed copy of the course book is available, at a discount to attendees, for $40. Additional copies are available at full price. If you wish to purchase the printed version of the course book, please call PBI Customer Service at 800-932-4637. Printed versions of the course book will not be distributed at the course; please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the course book to be shipped.

Program Sponsor:  PA Bar Association Children’s Rights Committee

Practice Areas


Leigh E. Dalton Ph.D., Esq. Stock and Leader
Gloria Gilligan PA Department of Human Services (Office of Children Youth & Families)
Jennifer L. Grimes Esq. County of Berks
Lindsey Hinman Tioga County Children & Youth
Jessica L. Jones Esq. Monroe County Court of Common Pleas
Cheryl Kleiman Esq. Education Law Center
Kate Cramer Lawrence Esq. Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas
Marisa K. McClellan Esq. Dauphin County Social Services for Children & Youth
Hon. Jennifer Staley McCrady Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Jennifer L. McGarrity Esq. KidsVoice
Jerri Rook Lycoming County Court of Common Pleas
Lynne P. Sherry Esq. Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC
Randi L. Way Tioga County Cthse
Thomas C. Welshonce Esq. KidsVoice
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.