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2019 CHIPS Conference
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Conference devoted specifically to CHIPS attorneys. This year’s course begins Wednesday morning with CHIPS 101 sessions for newer CHIPS attorneys, featuring more advanced sessions from noon on Wednesday through the remainder of the conference. Registration will open in May along with the agenda being posted.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/18/2019 to 9/20/2019
When: September 18 - 20, 2019
8:30 am 101 Classes Begin
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Sugar Lake Lodge
37584 Otis Lane
Cohasset, Minnesota  55721
United States
Contact: Stacy Albrecht
651-289-8452


Online registration is available until: 9/13/2019
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REGISTRATION FEE - $295 members/$375 non-members
Registration is open to County Attorneys and Assistant County Attorneys who practice in the area of CHIPS.  Fee Includes: All training sessions, MEALS and handouts are included in the registration fee. Hotel stays must be reserved by the registrant with the hotel.

CANCELLATION
Paid registrations will be refunded in full if cancellation is received at least 72 hours before the program; if less than 72 hours, a $45 administration fee will be deducted. Paid registrants who fail to attend will  receive the written materials.

ACCOMMODATIONS
To register for the conference, you will need to register for the course and meals with MCAA and on-line with Sugar Lake Lodge for a hotel room.

Special Hotel Rate Information: Participants are responsible for obtaining and paying for their own lodging. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sugar Lake Lodge at the special rate of $105 per night. Call the hotel directly at 218-327-1462 EXT 587. Be sure to request the MN County Attorneys rate. Reservations must be made by August 21, 2019 to ensure the special rate.

CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Application will be made for 14.25 Standard CLE, 1.50 Ethics CLE and 1.75 Elimination of Bias CLE Credits.

AGENDA
Download a copy of the agenda.

September 18, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CHIPS 101
This session will provide a crash course for attorneys who have 0-3 years of experience doing Child Protection; basic terminology, acronyms, helpful hints and resources will be provided.

Rachel Cornelius, Waseca County Attorney
Susan DeVos, Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney
Breck Rolfsrud, Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Permanency 101
An overview of permanency dispositions along with special considerations, including extensions and creative resolutions.

Rachel Cornelius, Waseca County Attorney
Tracy Harris, Assistant Sherburne County Attorney
Deb Simonson, Assistant Scott County Attorney
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Trial Strategy
A nuts and bolts approach to trial preparation, including frequently used motions, forms and group participation brainstorming more ideas for everyone's benefit... everything from identifying witnesses and exhibits to how to get them admitted during your hearing.

John Bowen, Assistant Wright County Attorney
Sherry Haley, Jackson County Attorney
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Post Permanency
This 101 Post-Permanency session will address potential issues that arise after a Termination of Parental Rights or Transfer of Permanent Legal and Physical Custody. Topics addressed will include disruptions in placements, sibling separation, notification of relatives, extended foster care and Northstar Policy and its implications.

Jennifer L. Christensen, Juvenile Division Manager, Carver County Attorney's Office
Lisa Godon, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Child Protection Potpourri
Panel of attorneys discuss a wide variety of child protection topics, legal issues, and practices through a moderated question and answer format or through small group case consultation. Participants are encouraged to submit topics and questions, whether unique or common, prior to and during the conference. This is your opportunity to receive input on novel or complicated issues you are facing or just to brainstorm and compare how other counties across the state are handling recurring issues we all face and seek to improve.

Moderator: Maya Tester, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Christos Jensen, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Amy Olson, Assistant McLeod County Attorney
September 19, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 2019 New Legislation, Juvenile Protection Rules Committee, Orders, DHS Audit and Case Law Update
Learn about new legislation; gone but not forgotten: bills that will be back next year; amendments to juvenile protection rules and a case law update.

Ann Ahlstrom, Hennepin County Administration
Kathryn Eilers, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Erin Johnson, Assistant Washington County Attorney
Paul Regan, Staff Attorney, Legal Counsel Division, State Court Administrator’s Office
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Breakout 1: Case Plans
This session will cover the statutory requirements for case plans in child protection cases. The discussion will include the drafting of case plans that include meaningful goals, the challenges and barriers to case planning, methods for involving parties and documenting the agency’s reasonable efforts. As a part of this discussion, the panel will discuss recent case law related to case plans and offer legal strategies to the case planning process to avoid pitfalls and protect your record upon appeal.
Bryce Ehrman, Assistant Scott County Attorney
Kristin Malin, Child Protection Supervisor, Southwest Health and Human Services
Nicole Springstead, Assistant Lyon County Attorney
Sarah Winge, Assistant Aitkin County Attorney
Breakout 2: The Nuts and Bolts of Appellate Practice
This session will provide an overview of appellate practice from drafting a proposed order to withstand an appeal to tips for handling cases at the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Some of the topics that will be discussed include post-trial motions and how they impact an appeal, brief writing, preparing for and presenting an oral argument, responding to a petition for review by the Supreme Court, and determining the next steps when a case is remanded to district court. Please come with questions, and we will do our best to answer them.
Kathryn Eilers, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Britta Nicholson, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney

Breakout 3: Examining Critical Incidents in Child Mortality Reviews
Attendees will attain a high-level understanding of Collaborative Safety’s model. This model is used to better understand and address systemic improvements related to child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities. The training will review the transition from an “old view” to a “new view” of child fatality and near fatality reviews, which is trauma-informed and focuses on understanding the “second story,” or an in depth understanding of influences that direct decision making in the child welfare system. The training will also address development of creating a safety culture within child welfare, and will inform attendees of the new on-site child fatality and near fatality review process in detail.
Kelly Knutson, MSW, Supervisor, Continuous Quality Improvement, Child Safety and Permanency Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Ethics: Data Privacy
This session will discuss data classification, sources, and types of data; data sharing issues that arise with sharing information on multi-disciplinary teams, between programs, and during joint investigations; discovery issues; and how to handle data crossover between simultaneous CHIPS and criminal litigation. If participants have specific questions on these topics, they are encouraged to submit them to the presenters prior to the conference.

Crysta Parkin, Assistant Dodge County Attorney
Janet Reiter, Chisago County Attorney
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breakout 4: Case Plans - Repeats
Bryce Ehrman, Assistant Scott County Attorney
Kristin Malin, Child Protection Supervisor, Southwest Health and Human Services
Nicole Springstead, Assistant Lyon County Attorney
Sarah Winge, Assistant Aitkin County Attorney
Breakout 5: Expedited Permanency Matters: When to File, What to File and How to Proceed
This session will focus on Bypass Cases including Egregious Harm, Predatory Offender and Prior Involuntary TPR’s/TPLC.
Gayle Borchert, Assistant Stearns County Attorney
Kari Willis, Assistant Wright County Attorney
Breakout 6: Permanency Oddballs
Jennifer Jackson, Assistant Dakota County Attorney, and Michelle Thompson, Assistant Anoka County Attorney will discuss some of the oddballs of permanency including Guardianship under Minn. Stat. §260C.325 when both parents are deceased, subsequent CHIPS cases after a juvenile transfer of custody long after finalization of a transfer of custody (how to handle the bio parents), disruptions of transfers of custody while pending Northstar approval, how to successfully rule out relatives after the recent December 2018 Court of Appeals opinion In Re the Welfare of the Children of J.L.G., D.M. and J.T.B. (924 N.W.2d 9) and avoid a late relative challenge to the agency’s adoptive placement, and contested adoptive placements.
Jennifer Jackson, Assistant Dakota County Attorney
Michelle Thompson, Assistant Anoka County Attorney
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Testing and Ways to Test
Does poppy seed contain morphine? What methods of detection are available, which one should be used and what can they detect? Just what is a negative result and what could it mean? The answer to these questions and more will be provided.

Michelle Johnson, MN Monitoring Inc.
September 20, 2019
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Child Protection Potpourri
Panel of attorneys discuss a wide variety of child protection topics, legal issues, and practices through a moderated question and answer format from topics and questions, submitted during the conference. This session will include a discussion on IV-E funding.

Moderator: Maya Tester, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Christos Jensen, Assistant Ramsey County Attorney
Amy Olson, Assistant McLeod County Attorney
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bias: ICWA
This session will walk through a case from initial report to dismissal, highlighting ICWA requirements and issues the Department and County Attorneys need to be aware of and address. Audience participation will be encouraged and practical handouts/links will be provided.

The Honorable Jamie Cork, First Judicial District
Maya Tester, Assistant Hennepin County Attorney

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