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Bar News - February 22, 2008

Attorneys Representing Parents: Participate in Needs Assessment Survey


The Court Improvement Project (CIP) is a federally funded grant that supports collaboration between the courts and the system participants in child abuse and neglect and juvenile justice fields.  The CIP has been instrumental in system changes such as the development and training on the Protocols Relative to Child Abuse and Neglect proceedings. 


The CIP has received a training grant and recently hired Attorney Sarah Fox as the new CIP Training Specialist.   The CIP Training Specialist position is designed to focus specifically on the legal training that is provided throughout the state to judges, attorneys, case workers, CASA and others who work in the juvenile court system. 


As a first step to developing training programs, the CIP is distributing the Parent Attorney Training Needs self-assessment.  It was developed with broad stakeholder input.  Attorneys who represent parents are strongly encouraged to complete the assessment. 


The results of Training Needs Assessment will guide the work of the CIP in what training parent attorneys want to see offered and how best to provide the training.


It is possible to access the Parent Attorney Training Needs Assessment in a couple of different ways:


  1. Click this link

  1. Ask your local Family Division Clerk or the District Court Clerks in Hillsborough and Cheshire County for a copy of the assessment. You will receive a postage paid envelope to return the survey.

  1. Contact Sarah Fox directly at or 271-6418 and she will send you the on-line link or the PDF version of the assessment.


Another upcoming training opportunity for parent attorneys will be the NHBA CLE program, April 18, “The Top 10 Questions Every Parent Attorney Wants Answered.”  This CLE is being co-sponsored by the Children’s Law Section of the Bar and the CIP.  This training will be the first of several training opportunities in the future, so stay tuned!  


Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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