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2021 Ethics & Cultural Competency in Juvenile Court Representation

Total Credits: 2.1 MCLE, 2.1 Ethics, 2.1 Elimination of Bias, 2.0 Kansas Credit, 2.0 Kansas Ethics

Practice Area:
Juvenile |  Elimination of Bias |  Ethics
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A compelling presentation of the ways in which culture and diversity should influence our understanding and application of our professional responsibilities as practitioners of juvenile law within family courts. Ethics will be combined with a detailed explanation of the roles of the various practitioners in family court (GALs, parents’ attorneys, attorneys for the juvenile officer). Common scenarios that show the way culture is encountered and viewed in juvenile law will be explored by a panel of experienced attorneys who serve in various roles within the family court system

What you will learn:

  • An understanding of the interdependence of professional ethics and cultural competency in juvenile court representation
  • How to view the ethical rules through a culturally competent lens
  • Real world application of ethics rules using scenarios frequently encountered in juvenile court
  • An appreciation and understanding that none of us are experts but through listening and remaining open to learning we can better represent the families that we serve

Panelists: Kathryn P. Banks, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis; Sophia R. Bond, U.S. Department of Education, Kansas City; Michelle P. Dixon, Office of Guardian ad Litem, Jackson County Family Justice Center, Kansas CityAnika A. Hickman, Staff Attorney, Jackson County CASA, Kansas City; Ryan F. Kaiser, Kaiser / Lawless, LLP, Kansas City; Claire M. Terrebonne, Director of Legal Services, CASA, Kansas City


Oct 28 | Kathryn P. Banks



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St. Louis University School of Law

Committed to combining a dedication to youth advocacy and teaching young lawyers, Kathryn Pierce Banks, directs the Children’s Rights Clinic (CRC) in Washington University’s School of Law’s nationally ranked clinical legal education program. She previously was the Legal Services Director for Voices for Children and an attorney in the Youth Advocacy Unit of the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office. From 2009 to 2014, she was a Supervising Attorney for the Law School’s Juvenile Law and Justice and Children & Family Advocacy Clinics and the acting director of the Criminal Justice Clinic. While teaching in the clinical program, she received the Outstanding Achievement in Practice Award from the Black Law Students Association. Kathryn also teaches in the WashULaw MLS and LL.M. online programs. She is an appointed member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Committee on Practice & Procedures in Municipal Division Cases and Task Force on Criminal Justice, having also been an appointed member of the Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Courts Working Group. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, and Loyola University – Chicago.

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Jackson County Family Justice Center

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Anika Hickman is a Guardian ad Litem at Jackson County CASA. She represents the best interests of children who are under the jurisdiction of the 16th Circuit's Family Court Division. She has been in this role for four years. Anika has been the Chairperson of the Family Court Diversity Committee since 2019 and is enjoying the challenge of bringing issues of diversity in Juvenile Law to members of the Missouri Bar. Anika brings unique experience and perspective to this field as she was a Licensed Professional Counselor for ten years before attending law school.

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Kaiser / Lawless, LLP

Ryan Kaiser is a partner at Kaiser / Lawless, LLP, located in Kansas City, Missouri.  His primary areas of practice are juvenile law and child custody issues. He previously worked as counsel for the Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Legal Services.  Presently, he contracts with the Department of Social Services, representing Children’s Division to achieve permanency for children in foster care across the state of Missouri.  Ryan has successfully argued numerous cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District on behalf the Jackson County Juvenile Officer.  He is licensed in Missouri, Kansas, Washington & Guam.

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Jackson County CASA

Claire Terrebonne is the Director of Legal Services for Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in Kansas City, Missouri, where she heads of team of attorney guardians ad litem who, with the help of over 300 trained volunteers, advocate for the best interests of over 1200 children each year in Jackson County Family Court.  Claire became a CASA volunteer attorney in 2010, then joined the staff in 2014.  She earned a law degree from Washburn University School of Law and is a Child Welfare Law Specialist certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children and accredited by the ABA.


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