A tailored fee schedule will be developed for each of the following services depending on the needs and requests of the attorney or organization.
FLOTE Services’ trainings are intended for private counsel, contract attorneys, or staff attorneys who are considering growing their practices into the Juvenile Court practice area, as well as those who may have been practicing in this field for several years. Often attorneys representing parents who have had their children removed due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect, find themselves in positions demanding skills and knowledge beyond those for which they have been properly or sufficiently trained or educated.
Unfortunately, there are no consistent trainings or workshops being held which can assist these attorneys with staying current on Georgia's Juvenile Court's ever-changing child abuse and neglect statutes and case law, or with changes in the Department of Family and Children Services' internal policies. These trainings are essential to raise the confident level and quality of representation for attorneys representing parents in Juvenile Court.
In-Person and Virtual Trainings:
Whether the training is one-on-one or a large group, our staff will identify the gaps in the skills and knowledge in the attorney's representation of parents in Juvenile Court. We will then develop instructional materials and organize interactive learning activities, so that ultimately we have worked together to hone the attorney's skills and enhance their legal representation capabilities.
Online Self-Guided Trainings:
For attorney seeking self-guided instruction at they own pace, we offer several pre-recorded trainings online.
Most trainings will be approved by the Georgia State Bar for general Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, as well as Professionalism and Ethics credits. We also offer trainings and workshops that will qualify for trial skills CLE credits.
This service is reserved for courts and their administrative staff, as well as organizations, and agencies that are leading specific programs for attorneys—court-appointed, contract, or staff—representing parents who have had their children removed due to allegations of abuse and/or neglect. FLOTE Services’ Program Planning and Development provides fundamental processes that can assist with making courts and organizations more efficient and effective in their mission to serve indigent parents in dependency cases. Our staff will collaborate with those individuals working within the court or organization to strategically determine and set the goals and expectations being sought of the attorneys practicing in the specific court or organization’s program. In developing a tailored program, we will also factor in the varying nuances of the particular setting of your county's court, organization, or agency, as well as the varying skill levels of the Parent Attorneys practicing therein.
The program that we will help your court, organization, or agency create will ensure a strong foundation of focused training and education, which will inspire consistently effective representation of clients, as well as professionalism from each of your attorneys. The trainings will keep the attorneys up-to-date on new statutes and case law, and concurrently, your court or organization can keep all attorneys who are regularly practice in your courtroom or program posted on new developments in court or organization procedures. Once your tailored program is developed and implemented, it will provide structure and intention in creating and maintaining development efforts for your attorneys so that they do not de-prioritize their work with your court or program.
Attorneys are more likely to achieve a higher level of performance and success if they are coached by an experienced professional who can serve as a sounding board and offer constructive feedback. Unfortunately, those who work for small firms or are solo attorneys are largely on their own, with no idea of where to go to get advice when issues arise.
Individual and Group Coaching:
We encourage attorneys to engage with and learn from the child welfare legal community at large. We recommend attending various conventions for local, state and national bar associations, as well as joining legal organizations and groups that provide information in this field. During our coaching sessions, attorneys will be given an opportunity to share their experiences from past situations of parent representation, and others will be encouraged to offer insights they have gained from issues that they have encountered. Discussions will be facilitated by one of our Coaches to explore how these topics may be utilized to improve each attorney's representation of his or her clients who have had their children removed from their care due to allegations of child abuse and/or neglect.
Our formal mentoring program has three tiers:
Our approach is a combination of holding each attorney accountable for every goal set for you, while offering encouragement when you may have hit a road block.
In a typical consulting relationship, a consultant will ascertain the ways that you can achieve your desired objectives. The end product is often a report detailing the steps that are necessary to achieve the identified outcomes.
The most effective learning and development occurs by combining coaching, training, and mentoring that is targeted to the attorney's skill level. It is very helpful--and arguably essential--for attorneys to have a road map to get their bearings in their new world of law practice. Newer attorneys need guidance as they expand their roles on cases and their practice. More experienced attorneys need to hone their skills so that they can be successful in their field. We will consult with you to help you create the path that will lead you to the next level.