Best Practices: Testifying in Court

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Best Practices: Testifying in Court. 
Conducted by two highly experienced attorneys, this session gives participants an overview of the CASA volunteer’s role when testifying in court, as well as tips for effectively conveying the information considered most important to judicial decision-making.  It is appropriate for newer CASA volunteers preparing to present their report in juvenile court, as well as more seasoned CASA volunteers who want to refresh their knowledge.

This 1 hour and 45-minute session is in two parts; each must be fully completed to receive 1.75 hours Rule 48 continuing education certification through the Ohio CASA/GAL Association. A required five question quiz must be completed at the conclusion of each video for accreditation.

Presenters:
Rochelle Abou-Arraj and Emily K. Richter are the two Staff Attorneys serving Lucas County CASA (Toledo, Ohio). Each brings considerable and diverse experience to the position.

Prior to serving in this capacity, Rochelle was engaged in the private practice of law for 16 years, focusing on juvenile and family law issues. She has represented parents and children in all facets of juvenile practice, with specific emphasis on guardian ad litem work. Rochelle also has served on the Lucas County Juvenile Court Citizen Review Board, Lucas County Juvenile Court Closure Board, and has taught in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Toledo since 2002.

Emily joined Lucas County CASA after six years in private practice. While her legal work covered several areas of law, she focused her practice on juvenile law and guardian ad litem work. Emily’s prior experience as the Supervisor of the Assessment and Investigation Unit of an Ohio public children services agency offers valuable insight to the overlap of Ohio’s child welfare and justice systems.

Handout: Best Practices Testifying in Court