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

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

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


Program Offerings at the 2015 NLADA Annual Conference



Paul Seeman, a former Alameda County Superior Court judge, amassed more than three decades of legal experience before retiring in 2013. Throughout his time with Alameda County, Paul Seeman held a number of positions, including roles as vice-chair of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Juvenile Law Education Committee and as faculty at the CJER Continuing Judicial Studies Program. Judge Seeman was also took part as faculty in the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) Annual Conference in 2009.

Held each November, the NLADA annual conference serves as a “skills-building and knowledge-sharing event” for professionals in the fields of legal aid, public defense, and public interest law. The 2015 installment of the event, entitled “Advancing Justice Together,” took place in New Orleans.

At the four-day event, a variety of workshops and training sessions were made available to participants. These offerings were divided into categories to simplify individual program selection. Board-related meetings included an information session on LSC (legal services corporation) restrictions and a talk on how to recruit, retain, and engage board members.

Civil legal aid programs accounted for much of the conference schedule, which included sessions about developing positive working relationships with journalists, and unaccompanied minor immigrants. The NLADA event also accommodated clients who have received assistance from legal aid organizations in the past. These individuals could attend sessions about the NLADA website and client voice.

Sessions geared toward legal defenders encompassed diverse topics such as efforts in the realm of human sex trafficking and improving language access. Finally, the event offered a selection of fundraising-related sessions about accessing federal funding,and legal services for survivors of crime.