NCJFCJ Prepares to Hold 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
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Former judge Paul Seeman served the Alameda County Superior Court from 2009 to 2013. While serving as an Alameda County judge, Paul Seeman also chaired the International Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

Founded in 1937, NCJFCJ is celebrating its 80th year working to improve juvenile and family justice courts in the United States. The organization’s 80th anniversary will be a focus of the upcoming NCJFCJ Annual Conference, which will take place July 16-19, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Over the course of four days, attendees at NCJFCJ’s 80th Annual Conference will have the opportunity to take part in presentations and other education sessions organized into several training tracks. They will also get the chance to hear from a list of prominent speakers that will include renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who will deliver the event’s opening keynote address.

Those interested in attending can register for the NCJFCJ Annual Conference online. Standard registration fees range from $745 for members to $940 for non-members who register before June 30. Both members and non-members who wait until July to register will pay an additional $50. To register or learn more about the event, visit www.ncjfcj.org.

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Non-Physical Signs of Child Abuse

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Child Abuse
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A former judge in California, Paul Seeman possesses more than 30 years of legal experience, including 24 years running his own firm. In his position as an Alameda County Superior Court judge, Paul Seeman handled dependency cases stemming from child abuse.

Child abuse can be physical, such as by willful infliction of injury, or sexual, such as by assault or exploitation. It can also include mental abuse, negligent treatment that threatens a child’s health or safety, and cruel and inhumane treatment.

Abuse cases are not always evidenced by physical scars, bruises, or broken bones. Warning signs of abuse include: excessive withdrawal; constant fear; crippling anxiety; extreme behavior, such as constant watchfulness; inappropriate clothing, such as sweaters on hot days; problems sitting or walking; knowledge of sexual acts way above his/her age; fear of changing clothes in front of others; poor hygiene; and untreated illness.

You do not have to witness child abuse to report it. The law allows anyone who reasonably suspects that abuse is taking place to inform the authorities. Some people, however, such as school staff, athletic coaches, and pediatric physicians, are duty-bound by law to report incidences or reasonable suspicion of child abuse.