This July, more than 500 participants from across the country attended NCJFCJ’s 75th Annual Conference<http://www.ncjfcj.org/ncjfcj-75th-annual-conference> in New Orleans, Louisiana. The three-day training opened with a celebratory reception honoring the organization’s 75-year history. U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Louisiana, spoke of the importance of NCJFCJ’s work supporting children and families along with Justice Greg G. Guidry of the Louisiana Supreme Court, who highlighted former NCJFCJ presidents and those from Louisiana who have contributed to its 75-year history.
Training highlights included an opening plenary presentation by Dr. Maura Grossman who spoke to the volume, types, and difficulty with electronically-stored information that proliferate both litigants and the courts and the implications imposed with privacy issues; Judge Stephen Rubin, Ret., provided a plenary session reviewing appellate decisions in child welfare law looking back and at current case law; Col. John Odom, Ret., provided an analysis of the Service Members Civil Relief Act that comes into play when child custody and visitation matters involve members of the Armed Forces; and the closing plenary presented by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Williams, III, spoke to the many challenges and shifts in families that make up our contemporary U.S. society and how society can provide support.
A plethora of work shop sessions were presented including “Judicially Led Collaborative to Improve Educational Outcomes for Youth in Care Pushes Systemic Change”. Judge Rob Hofmann of the Child Protection Court of the Hill Country was a presenter for this session on behalf of the Texas Children’s Commission.