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ABA Center on Children and the Law

Trial Skills for Child Welfare Professionals

Draft Agenda

8:30 – 9:00          Registration

9:00 – 9:15            Introduction to Program              

9:15 – 10:45           Interactive Art of Advocacy Discussion

10:45 – 11:00        Break

11:00 – 11:45         Demonstration of a Direct and Cross of an Agency Caseworker

11:45—1:15             Lunch/Preparation for Exercises

1:15 – 2:45             Case scenario mock trial, small group exercises

  • Admission of photographs
  • Qualify, direct and cross examination of expert witness
  • Refresh recollection of witness

 2:45 – 3:00           Break

3:00 – 4:30           Case scenario mock trial, small group exercises

  • Establishing competency, direct and cross examination of a child witness
  • Electronic evidence
  • Business records
  • Direct and cross of parent as lay witness

(20 minutes per exercise)

(Maximum 17 people per group)