Date: October 10, 2012
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm (PST)
Presenters: Hon. Karen S. Adam, Hon. Karen Ashby

Family Drug Courts aim to meet the dual challenges of supporting parents towards substance abuse recovery and attending to the protection of the child.  The structure on how these goals are met by FDCs, however, differ with some courts implementing a “one judge, one court” model (integrated FDC model) while others utilize different judges to handle the recovery and dependency matters (parallel FDC model).  This webinar will explore the parallel and integrated FDC models and will include two experienced judicial officers – Judge Karen Adam (Pima County, Arizona) and Judge Karen Ashby, (Denver, Colorado) – who will share the practical and ethical considerations in implementing each model.

The learning objectives include the following:

  • What are the strengths and challenges of each model, particularly as it relates to judicial oversight, scope and scale, and collaborative practice?
  • What are the perceived concerns with ex-parte communications and other judicial ethical considerations in each model?
  • What are some primary factors to be considered when selecting or evaluating the most appropriate model for your jurisdiction?