Training for Excellence

woman teaching classEnsuring that our lawyers are well-trained and competent litigators is a top priority for CLS Leadership. Statewide Training Director Robin Jensen, Deputy Training Director Maxine Henry, and Statewide Trainer Pauline Black lead the robust litigation skills training program for CLS lawyers.

Because the best lawyers are always learning, CLS has instituted a year-round curriculum that includes an intensive multi-day CLS New Attorney Training, bi-annual multi-day Advanced Litigation Academy, webinars, case law conference calls, practice pointers and live training. Topics covered during these sessions include trial advocacy and courtroom skills, child hearsay and interviewing the child victim, ethics in child welfare, psychotropic medication, least restrictive means, the science of attachment and legal writing. The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) training methodology is utilized for the litigation skills trainings.

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CLS has also developed its own intranet training website of on-demand tools, resources, and information on which our attorneys can build a strong foundation for ongoing excellence and advocacy, ensuring that no lawyer is an island while advocating for the best permanency outcomes for the children we serve.

Robin Jensen, NITA Teacher Training Alumni
Statewide Training Director