Child Abuse Reporting: Addressing Ethical Dilemmas for Lawyers
Mandatory reporting laws in the U.S. require human service professionals, lawyers, and other practitioners to report known or suspected cases of child abuse and neglect. However, mandated reporters are often confronted with myriad of legal and ethical dilemmas rooting from the opposing principles when negotiating the individual rights of children and parents. Thus, it is essential that practitioners have an in-depth understanding of the governing legal and ethical guidelines for the mandated reporting of child abuse cases to avoid red flags.
Join distinguished experts, Deborah A. Ausburn (Taylor English) and Nadeem Bezar (Kline & Specter), as they provide the audience with a comprehensive discussion of child abuse reporting in the U.S. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze ethical dilemmas in addressing child maltreatment. They will also offer significant practices to prevent risks in this complex legal climate.
This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:
- The U.S Child Welfare System
- Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act – Overview
- Guidelines for Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse Cases
- Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters
- Legal and Ethical Considerations
- Risk Mitigation Tools and Techniques
- Best Practices
Nadeem Bezar, Partner
Kline & Specter, PC
- Overview: Abuse and Neglect
- Mandated Reporter(s)
- Be careful what you wish for…
- Impact of changes
Deborah A. Ausburn, Partner
Taylor English Duma LLP
- Navigating the requirements and repercussions of mandated reporting
- Standards for when reports are required
- How to help client navigate the fall-out when they do make reports
Debbie Ausburn has worked with youth-serving organizations for more than 30 years, as a foster parent, social worker, volunteer, criminal prosecutor, and civil litigation attorney. Her practice focuses on defending those organizations, including day care centers, youth camps, mentoring organizations, and private schools. She has volunteered with and defended organizations throughout the United States in matters ranging from minor physical injuries to claims of sexual abuse of children in the organization’s care.
Debbie Ausburn has worked with youth-serving organizations for more than 30 years, as a foster parent, social worker, volunteer, criminal …
Nadeem A. Bezar, a partner at Kline & Specter, PC, has won scores of million-dollar-plus verdicts and settlements in medical malpractice cases and litigation in which he represents abused children. Bezar has won verdicts of $11 million, $5.35 million and $4.5 million and many more substantial settlements against foster care and child placement agencies. He also filed the first civil lawsuits under Pennsylvania’s human trafficking statute against motel owners and operators. Bezar earned his undergraduate degree from Bates College, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He teaches law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Bezar is an eight-time marathon runner.
Nadeem A. Bezar, a partner at Kline & Specter, PC, has won scores of million-dollar-plus verdicts and settlements in medical …
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Method Of Presentation:
General knowledge of mandatory reporting laws
NY Category of CLE Credit:
Ethics and Professionalism
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About Taylor English Duma LLP
Taylor English Duma LLP is a full-service law firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Built from the ground up to provide highest-quality legal services for optimal value, the firm combines the best aspects of a traditional law firm with seasoned attorneys managing their practices remotely throughout the United States. Together, our attorneys work each day to provide timely, creative, and cost-effective counsel to help clients solve problems and achieve goals. Taylor English represents all types of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to start ups to individuals. The firm is the Georgia law firm member of Geneva Group International (GGI), the leading worldwide alliance of accounting and law firms. More information is available on the firm’s website at www.taylorenglish.com.
About Kline & Specter, PC
Kline & Specter, PC, is a preeminent law firm in the United States concentrating in catastrophic injury and medical malpractice litigation. The firm has achieved more verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million than any law firm in Pennsylvania. Its more than 40 lawyers – including five who are medical doctors -- hold impressive records, including the recent $8 billion punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson in a pharmaceutical case. It also holds the three largest verdicts in a contested liability case — $120 million in a product liability case, $109 million in a power line electrocution case and $100 million in a medical malpractice case. Its $95.6 million award for a building collapse victim is the largest personal injury recovery for one person. Kline & Specter is headed by attorneys Tom Kline and Shanin Specter, both named among the best lawyers in Pennsylvania and the nation by various independent survey organizations.