Hill Country Ad Litem Seminar

seminar 2020 – our 10th annual – will be held on february 27-28, 2020 @ inn of the hills in kerrville. save the date!

Information about last year’s seminar:

The Child Protection Court Judges of

South Texas, the Hill Country, CENTEX south and

South Central Texas and Hill Country CASA

are pleased to announce THE

9th Annual Child Protection Court Ad Litem Seminar

april 11-12, 2019 at Tucker Hall, St. Peter’s Church,

320 St. Peter’S Street, Kerrville, TX 78028


General information for attendees

CLEs – Attorneys, this year you will be filling out your own CLE cards – see one of the HCCASA staff if you need a card, and make sure you get it back to one of us before you leave, so we can mail it with the group.

Parking – Participants are not permitted to park in the lane between the seminar hall and the church (this is a fire lane).  The most convenient parking is in the shared lot with Cailloux Theater (910 Main, Kerrville).  There is a large lot between the theater and Tucker Hall (on the east side of Tucker Hall) with ample parking for all participants.

Raffle – we have several great raffle prizes, proceeds for HCCASA’s direct assistance fund (which purchases necessary items for children in care) – bring cash or checkbook to enter to win!



session handouts and materials will be posted below as they come available. internet access in tucker hall is very limited; bring your wifi hotspot, or download the materials in advance.

no paper handouts will be available.


Thursday’s schedule (3.0 CLE):

1:00 – 1:30          Check-In with Snacks

1:30 – 3:00          Childhood Trauma and Child Development (Presentation Slides: Dr. April Brown)                                                               Dr. April Garofano Brown, Ph.D, LPC-S, RPT-S, LSSP

3:00 – 3:30          Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00          Educational Advocacy (Presentation Slides: Felicia Penn)                                                                                                      Felicia Penn, MSW, MA Ed/AET; TDFPS Education Specialist


friday’s schedule (6.25 cle):

8:00 – 9:00          Check-In with Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45          Keynote: Child Welfare in Texas and Beyond (No Presentation Slides)                                                                                  Honorable Robin Sage 

9:45 – 11:00        Maximizing Use of Psych Evals & Promoting Long Term Planning (No Presentation Slides)                                              James Shinder, Ph.D., M.P.H.

11:00 – 11:15      Networking Break

11:15 – 12:15      Case Law Update (Presentation Slides: Judge Stuckey and Eric Tai)                                                                                 Honorable Thomas Stuckey, Centex CPC South and Eric Tai, J.D.; TDFPS Appellate Division

12:15 – 1:00        Lunch

1:00 – 2:15         Post-Secondary Opportunities Panel (Presentation Slides: Dr. Javier Flores, Dr. Rachel Kirk; Career Readiness Resource Desk Aid Texas Workforce)

                            Moderator: Honorable Rob Hofmann, 452ND Judicial District Court

                            Panelists: Dr. Javier Flores, ASU; Dr. Rachel Kirk, TAMUCC; Lorena Knight, TWC

2:15 – 2:30         Break

2:30– 3:30          Special Issues Panel (Presentation Slides: DFPS Attorneys)

                            Moderator: Honorable Melissa DeGerolami, CPC of South Central Texas

                            Panelists: TDFPS Regional Attorneys Kellie Price, Drake Mikeska, Lucinda Valdez, Dennis Arriaga

3:30 – 4:30         Ethical Considerations When Representing Children (Presentation Slides: Lori Duke)                                                        Lori Duke, J.D., Clinical Professor, UT Children’s Rights Clinic


2019 Seminar Attendee Evaluation: CLICK HERE